God’s Plan for Hurricane Preparedness

March 26, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Posted in Selected Psalms | 7 Comments
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When we make it through what is known as “hurricane season” each year in South Louisiana without any big storms threatening us, we feel blessed. However, those of us who are faithful Christians know that, even when the Gulf of Mexico is exceedingly calm, we are never far from a “storm” of circumstances in our lives. Are there any family or relationship problems currently brewing on your spiritual radar screen?

hurrican tracking chart

Are ominous waves and high tides starting to boil up near the shores of your finances? Is there a stiff breeze of mental or physical illness beginning to blow as you face the future?

Take heart! God is in control of the climate and the weather, both in the outside environment, and on the inside of your life. If we will delight in His law, and make it the focus of our regular meditations (Psalm 1:2), we will not be like those who are constantly shivering and terrified as they huddle around their generators, extra batteries, bottled water, and hurricane tracking charts every year between July and November. Those who place their trust in anything other than God have reason to fear.

The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

Psalm 1:4

But those of us who are like trees watered by God’s Word, with roots going down deep into the firm foundation of Jesus Christ, and who have been firmly planted in a group of caring believers in a local church assembly, shall stand and prosper, even when the storms come.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Psalm 1:3

Righteous Jealousy

September 30, 2009 at 8:42 am | Posted in Biblical Violence | 23 Comments
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A currently popular television talk show host grew up attending traditional Christian churches, holding to fundamental Biblical teaching and preaching. She recently explained her rejection of these beliefs by referring to something, at the age of 28, she heard preached in church: The God of the Bible is a jealous God. This struck her as very strange. How could God, Who is all-powerful, and Who owns everything, be jealous of human beings? What a tragic misunderstanding, and what a shallow view of Scripture.

Oh, God is jealous, alright.

God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.

Nahum 1:2

But He is not jealous of what people have or what they are able to do. He is jealous because of the love He has for his Own people. We might say He is jealous over His people, not of His people – the way a loving and faithful husband would be jealous over anything that would tend to steal his wife’s affection away from him.

God loves His people very much. And although we would rather hear about the love of God, we must not ignore the fact that God reserves wrath for the enemies of His people. Did you know that, even though God is love (I John 4:8), He also hates (Psalm 11:5)?

Recently, my wife and I visited California. On the flight I was reading Nahum Chapter 1, and looking down at the tops of the clouds, which the Bible calls “the dust of his feet,” and I got to thinking about some of the ways the Lord shows His righteous anger, and His power over His creation.

The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

Nahum 1:3 (tornadoes, hurricanes, and storms)

He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth.

Nahum 1:4 (droughts)

The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein.

Nahum 1:5 (earthquakes, mudslides, and forest fires)

Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him.

Nahum 1:6 (volcanoes, avalanches)

But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.

Nahum 1:8 (floods)

Most people, when asked to quickly name the opposite of “love,” will blurt out, “hate.” But this is incorrect. The opposite of love is not hate. The opposite of love is indifference. And our loving and just and jealous God is anything but indifferent.


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