The earth is the LORD's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods. -Psalm 24:1, 2 (KJV)
Last week the southern part of the United States witnessed some of the worst and most destructive tornados seen in decades. Right up the road from where we live in Bristol, Virginia a tornado touched down and left a path of destruction, chaos, and death. Our thoughts and prayers are with all who were affected by this horrifying event. What a blessing it has been to see communities coming together to help those devastated by this tragedy. Already people are donating food, bottled water, and various other supplies to help those in need. There have also been food trailers set up to provide meals for those who simply need something to eat.
As followers of Christ we learn over time to walk by faith and not by sight. Trying to make sense of such tragedy in which many lives are lost can leave us bewildered and confused. When something like this occurs the best place we can stand is upon solid faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We have long dwelt in a troubled world which is still aching and groaning. Natural disasters bring us an awareness of the fragility of life and our dependence upon the salvation God offers. The Lord has promised to be with us during the storms and trials of life. According to the Scriptures, one day the Lord is going to give us a new heaven and new earth. Until this blessed day comes we serve the Lord, trust Him, keep looking up, and continue to keep our faith.
Where are you today in terms of your faith in Christ? Are you questioning God and struggling with the unfairness of life? Such a struggle is best resolved in pure and unquestioning faith in the Lord. As we look to Him we gain peace that the Lord is still with us and will continue to guide us through the trials and difficulties of life. We are not alone and neither has the Lord abandoned us. As Christ has promised, He will be with us always, even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20). Do not allow yourself to become bogged down in doubt, questions, and confusion. The Lord brings peace even in the most troubled times.
Our challenge is to walk forward trusting Christ even as the storms of life howl around us. Those without Christ will see the light of Jesus shining forth in our gentleness, calm, and patience, and they will desire what we have. Let Jesus shine today from your life, for a troubled world desperately needs to know there is hope in the Lord.