Surely your wrath against mankind brings you praise, and the survivors of your wrath are restrained.
I’m not going to even attempt to second guess God. I can’t say whether these hurricanes are punishment, wrath, wake up calls, bringing people together, or a combination of everything. God has a purpose for everything and his timing is perfect.
God’s might and power are breathtaking. When I try to think what the Almighty is capable of doing, storms like Harvey, Irma, and Katia are mere sprinkles. When I think of the massive devastation from the floods and the fires, I then think that God is so much more powerful than that. He can save us all, dry up the floods, calm the winds, quench the fires, all in a crook of his finger. He can also allow so much more devastation than this.
God is a good and loving Father. He is also a just God. He judges the nations by their actions and their attitudes. He knows if we collectively seek his face. God is bringing judgment to the entire world and it is nothing compared to what it will be on the Day of the Lord ~ Judgment Day. We will individually stand before him to be judged. Will you be a sheep or a goat? Will you be sent to the right or the left? Will you enter Paradise or the lake of fire?
Matthew 25:32-34, 41, 46
32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
We, as a country, must be on our knees. We must keep praying. We can pray individually, as a team, a group, a church, where 2 or 3 are gathered in Jesus name, he is there with them. (Matthew 18:20) Or you can read along in agreement. Let’s pray.
Father, thank you for your love and protection. Thank you for sending so many rescuers to Texas in the flooded areas. We ask that the workers will be safe and not grow weary. Please bring comfort and safety to the victims of Harvey ~ the children, animals, elderly, and the sick.
God please be with the victims of the fires. Open up the heavens and pour out the blessing of rain to quench the fires. Let the devastation cease and regrowth begin.
We love you, Lord. Thank you for your mercies. Thank you for all the gifts that you give to us. In Jesus name.
2 Chronicles 7:14 [Full Chapter]
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.