When disaster strikes it’s devastating, it’s cataclysmic effects can be so debilitating that your mind actually goes into a shock/sleep mode. Protecting mode if you will. Your body functions with a sense of disconnection. This is so hard to describe. I have experienced a portion of this recently with the fire storm that opened what one firefighter described as the gates of hell. A sense of surreal disconnection with reality sets in for hours even days. The Holy Spirit takes over and calms the very soul. In the midst of chaos and confusion God reaches down and gives a peace that can only come from Him.
A sense of Peace and acceptance that God is in control, His hand is in the storm, His hand is in destruction. As many take to blaming God for disaster’s, and death, I have witnessed first hand, and second hand in talking with those persecuted, the power of Almighty God. His power is there, His hand is there, I have seen it.
We can’t blame God for evil in this world, or for disaster’s causing death and destruction. For if God’s hand had not been on His people, Evil and destruction would have taken over long ago. Even in Ancient times as God delivered His people He always provided protection for those who truly followed Him. From Noah, to Sodom, to Elijah, to Daniel, to Rome, to the death camps of WWll. He is always there. His hand is always on us.
Fires ripped through the South, in recent day’s followed by Tornadoes. And the overwhelming feeling of love and praise to God is evident all around. There is no condemnation of God in the midst of those experiencing evil and disaster, there is only Hope, Love, and compassion. Tears of sadness for all lost, tears of Joy for simple miracles, and a sense of peace.
As I watched a glow from the firestorm raging in Tennessee, I knew that the fire was very close. Winds clocked at 90 miles an hour fueled this storm. One got the sense of the power of God. Fear peppered with uncertainty sets in and the connection with the Holy Spirit becomes evident as if it were an umbilical cord attached to God Himself, and peace and calm flows through. When man fails, and disaster looms, Jesus calms the storm raging in your soul. If you listen to the stories of persecution, you hear the same thing. From Peter, and Paul, to modern times in Corrie TenBoom, those facing death from slaughter and genocide, those like Saeed Abidini and others in prisons of darkness, all say the same thing, the hand of Almighty God was present. The Holy Spirit brings calm and peace.
In times of evil and disaster, People of faith, come together in a sharing of strength, compassion and love like never before. I have cried with others, tears of sadness and tears of joy this week, for when you see the face of death and darkness, you know the power that engulfs you in protection. The power of our God.
As time grows shorter, and evil overwhelms, we must remain strong in our Faith and press on the end. For our Hope is in Jesus Christ. If we stay focused on Him He will deliver us, His hand calms the storm raging around us. His light guides to safety. When you accept this, you know as my Father used to say “we are winners either way.” Because you see we win, as Jesus said those who endure to the end will be saved. Even when Stephen was stoned at the moment of his death, he said forgive them, I see Jesus standing at the right hand of the Father. What a sight to see! Our Lord awaiting us. I only recently fully understand what this verse say’s “But Stephen Full of the Holy Spirit.” You see I have felt this fullness of the Holy Spirit in these last day’s as I faced uncertainty, as I described above. It’s an overwhelming Peace, that only comes from the Holy Spirit.
Acts 7: 55-56
But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked intently into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing atthe right hand of God. 56“Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”…
Matthew 24: 12-13
Because of the multiplication of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold. But the one who perseveres to the end will be saved.
Rest in the knowledge that He is in control. Rest in the power of the Holy Spirit!