Monday, October 29, 2012
Welcome to Day 302 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Job 20:1, “Then Zophar the Naamathite replied: 2 “My troubled thoughts prompt me to answer because I am greatly disturbed. 3 I hear a rebuke that dishonors me, and my understanding inspires me to reply.”
Mark 3:16, “These are the twelve he appointed: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter), 17 James son of Zebedee and his brother John (to them he gave the name Boanerges, which means “sons of thunder”), 18 Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot 19 and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.”
Mark 4:37, “A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” 39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. 40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
Wondering about this “furious squall” that came upon the disciples and Jesus…
Writing this journal entry this morning, I hear the news reports on tv in the background about Hurricane Sandy, threatening the east coast of the United States… as far inland as where we live in Ohio, 700 miles from the coast! They are predicting blizzard conditions just 5 hours from here in West Virginia! Up to 2 feet of snow!
Does God cause these storms?
Is it “by His will” that they occur?
Should we view this storm as God’s judgment on Atlantic City, NJ or Manhattan?
Throughout the Old Testament, God was willing to spare entire cities for the sake of just a few believers…
But ever since the days of Sodom and Gomorrah, every hurricane, earthquake, tsunami, etc, is blamed on God… that He is passing judgment on that region or city or whatever.
Could that be true?
But look at this verse in Jeremiah 5…
“Go up and down the streets of Jerusalem,
look around and consider,
search through her squares.
If you can find but one person
who deals honestly and seeks the truth,
I will forgive this city.”
Certainly, entire societies can be bankrupt and corrupt and ungodly… But I still lean toward God being merciful… “Mercy triumphs over judgment.” (James 2:13.)
1 Kings 19, “The Lord said [to Elijah], “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
This verse leads me to believe God is not “in” every storm (as in causing it to pass judgment.)
Now, when fire and brimstone or hail/fire starts falling from the sky as mentioned in Revelation…
Lord, I pray that we would have wisdom in how we view these natural occurrences…