“Harvey & Irma: Where Was God?” + LINKUP

 

Harvey & Irma: Where Was God? - Two weeks ago all eyes were riveted on the Texas coast and Hurricane Harvey. We watched as days of wind and rain pummeled the Gulf Coast, moving along Texas, camping out in Houston, and continuing into Louisiana. Now, while Texas and Louisiana begin to clean up and figure out how to rebuild, Hurricane Irma is bearing down on Florida. She has already caused death and destruction in the Caribbean. And while we hovered between two catastrophic storms, there was an earthquake in Mexico that has left dozens dead. The question many ask is, "Where was God?"Two weeks ago all eyes were riveted on the Texas coast and Hurricane Harvey. We watched as days of wind and rain pummeled the Gulf Coast, moving along Texas, camping out in Houston, and continuing into Louisiana.

Now, while Texas and Louisiana begin to clean up and figure out how to rebuild, Hurricane Irma is bearing down on Florida. She has already caused death and destruction in the Caribbean. And while we hovered between two catastrophic storms, there was an earthquake in Mexico that has left dozens dead.

The question many ask is, “Where was God?”

 

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Harvey & Irma: Where Was God?

 

As I write this, Irma hasn’t yet hit the U.S. mainland in full force, but weather forecasters are using words like: deadly, catastrophic, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century, 15-foot storm surges, fierce, life threatening.

I have family in the Houston area and dear friends in Florida. I’ve prayed and so have thousands of others.  So it’s a legitimate question, “Where was God?” Where is He now, as millions prepare for the worst? And where was He in your calamity?

 

My husband addressed those questions this past Sunday in a sermon before his sermon. I want to encourage you to listen to what he had to say. It’s followed by his regular sermon from Jonah 4, “What You Need to Know that Jonah Missed?”

 

husband MikeWhere Is God in Calamity?

 

Blessings & prayers for all those in harm’s way,
Donna

 

Harvey & Irma: Where Was God? - Two weeks ago all eyes were riveted on the Texas coast and Hurricane Harvey. We watched as days of wind and rain pummeled the Gulf Coast, moving along Texas, camping out in Houston, and continuing into Louisiana. Now, while Texas and Louisiana begin to clean up and figure out how to rebuild, Hurricane Irma is bearing down on Florida. She has already caused death and destruction in the Caribbean. And while we hovered between two catastrophic storms, there was an earthquake in Mexico that has left dozens dead. The question many ask is, "Where was God?"


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It is in those moments of despair, when we question what is happening, when we don’t know what to do, when some trials never seem to end, that we can lean most heavily on God’s promises and truths.

Working his way through five questions we’ve all had run through our heads, trusted pastor James MacDonald helps us understand what we should do now. We begin the journey by looking at different types of “trials”, figuring out exactly what we’re dealing with, and recognizing that God certainly knows. Second, the obvious question: “Why?” God sees us going through trials and we long for two things: for them to be over and to know why they happened in the first place. Next, we need to know what to do with these trials when they come (and they will most certainly come). Fourth, we have all wondered it, can trials be refused? Are God’s purposes really being fulfilled in the midst of this trying time? And lastly, God reveals Himself to us through these trials. . . and sometimes, they just don’t ever end. Why doesn’t this trial go away?

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18 thoughts on ““Harvey & Irma: Where Was God?” + LINKUP

  1. It’s so easy to second-guess God, to doubt His goodness or His power when we don’t understand. I”ve been reading in Ezekiel lately and was struck by his reference to God’s voice in heard in the sound of many waters. He uses adversity to speak to us. Praying that God would give us ears to hear.

  2. I am praying for those people in Texas and Florida and am so glad that you’ve come at this crisis by offering answers through your husband’s post. There are a lot of people who just don’t understand how a loving God could allow things like this. You always provide such great clarity on issues that matter too, Donna. And I love both Jerry Bridges and James MacDonald, so I need to check out those books for sure! Thanks for the linkup, my friend!

  3. I hate hard times… just as all of us do… they are scary, uncertain… and “unfair”. Yet, those are the times God has taught me and helped my faith to grow. Those are the times that have opened up ministry opportunities because of the work He has done in my life. I have asked, “Isn’t this enough? Haven’t I learned enough?” Apparently His work isn’t finished in my life… and won’t be until my life on earth is done. What a blessing to know that He has a plan… even when we hurt and even when we do not understand.

    • I totally agree. While we don’t like hardship, it is when God often grows us the most. So glad you stopped by and took the time to share your thoughts.

  4. I have family in Houston, too, and it was a tense few days watching for updates. Thankfully they were all fine. I don’t know anyone in FL but have friends with loved ones there. The devastation is so overwhelming, it’s hard to take in. I’m thankful we can trust God to work in and through it and pray He will help people, show others how to best help, and use this to turn hearts to Himself.

  5. Thanks for sharing the encouragement and reminder that God is in the midst of the storm, even when we don’t necessarily feel or hear Him.

    And for me, in the storms of life, when the sun comes out again, I feel the highest joy which I would not have felt had I not ridden through the storm.

    Blessings,

    • I believe that’s what the writer of Hebrews called the “peaceable fruit of righteousness.” Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  6. Having been through numerous earthquakes that killed several hundred people, the worst thing I saw was ministers of the faith declaring on TV that God was not in the earthquake. I’m not sure what comfort or pillar of truth that was to the Christian parents I knew who lost their 21-year-old son. Nothing takes God by surprise, not even earthquakes. It is part of the great mystery of His earth and sovereignty – that somehow, He is above all and yet, working through all. We cannot understand it, but we can ask God, “What would have me do?” When we do, we see with eyes of faith, anchored in His Word. I pray Christians and those searching are thrown against the Rock that never moves or changes. Thank you for your post!

  7. Great post. This one really hit close to home for me this week. I experience Irma in my hometown. I saw God in the aftermath and the out pouring of love. By the way, your post was the most clicked on the #LMMLinkup this past week. 😉

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