Hope in Suffering
by on September 1, 2017 in Devotional Thoughts

As I write this, Houston and the east coast of Texas are dealing with the aftermath of one of the worst natural disasters in our country’s history, Hurricane Harvey. I’m told the hurricane had wind speeds of 132 mph as it came ashore and it dropped 19 trillion gallons of rain on southeast Texas. Many places received more than their average ANNUAL rainfall in just a couple of days. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced and millions have been affected. Scores of people have lost their homes and have had to go to emergency shelters.

I happened upon a news story today that came out of one of those shelters. It’s a video of some folks breaking into a gospel song in a convention center. Check it out here:

What struck me was the spirit that praises God even in the midst of great sorrow and suffering. People who had maybe lost everything they had singing, “King Jesus, You’re the name we’re lifting high. We want revival, we want to see Your Kingdom here.” It contrasted boldly with a tweet I had seen that asked Christians to explain what God would allow such a disaster when “a whole lot of Christians live in Houston.”

As Christians, we know that we live in a broken world where sin’s taint causes all kinds of evil and bad things to happen. Paul says that creation groans to be set right. But we groan with creation because we can sense a bit of how things are supposed to be and how they one day will be when Christ comes back. The Bible says that He has set eternity in our hearts. And that hope is what allows us to sing and lift the name of Jesus in praise even in the darkest moments. How it must please the Father to hear His children singing in faith to Him despite their current situation.

Please continue to pray for all of those dealing with this storm and its effects. Remember the words of Isaiah 43:2: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you.” Jesus – we want to see Your Kingdom here.

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