I spent an hour last week in the one room in our mobile home with no window (the bathroom) while winds raged and buckets of water poured down.
Tornadoes in Florida in January. December floods in Missouri. Record cold temperatures. An unusually warm fall. Devastating drought in parts of Africa.
We begin to wonder what is really going on. Is the climate changing so drastically that we no longer know what to expect? Will the storms get worse? How many people will die?
I’m not going to expound on biblical prophecy. These weather events may be an indicator of the last days, but I honestly don’t know. Certainly those days are getting closer.
What we can do, however, is to remember Who is in control. “The eternal God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth,” according to Isaiah 40:28, is still in control. Jesus’ disciples cried, “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?” (Luke 8:25, ESV) While I took the precaution of going into the (relatively) safest room available, I can honestly say that I was not worried or afraid.
We are assured that God “doesn’t grow tired or become weary….He gives strength to those who grow tired and increases the strength of those who are weak (Isaiah 40:28-29, GW).
When the storms of life–whether physical or figurative–buffet you, take comfort in knowing that you have a refuge in your Creator, “casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7, ESV).