Thursday, December 06, 2007

Blustery Winter Weather

Living in Hawaii, you don't expect to experience "winter" weather, but for the past two days, we've had very high winds and slashing rain storms that have battered our lovely islands. Electric poles are downed, flooding has blocked roads, trees are blown over, branches everywhere. But as I talk to people on the Mainland, their winter storms have certainly devastated areas all over the continental United States, as well. Their storms are snow, ice, cold, flooding, power outages, etc. that are just as crippling to their life style as our storm has been here in Hawaii.

I just read interesting verses in Psalm 147:15-18 that God is in control of the elements that come our way:

"He sends his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly. He spreads the snow like wool and scatters the frost like ashes. He hurls down his hail like pebbles. Who can withstand his icy blast? He sends his word and melts them; he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow."

God is in control of the seasons of everything in our lives. "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven." (Eccl. 3:1)

We don't often get a choice of what comes our way in life. There are the unexpected, the devastating, the crippling, the unwanted and unasked for trials that come our way. But I still firmly believe that God is still very much in control of them. He doesn't promise us that we will go through life without trials, but He does promise that He will see us through them by His power, strength, courage, determination and will. He is the victor ultimately over all that attempts to destroy us. We just need to trust Him and lean on Him through the toughest times. "Cast your cares upon me, for I careth for you."

A quote I read once is: "God does not expect the impossible of us; He only expects us to expect the impossible from Him."

"This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith." Our triumph has been won by Christ, but we must identify ourselves with his victory.

Let us never dare doubt!


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