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January 24, 2016
Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm… Job 40:6
The sun is out today! The reflection off of the several inches of ice and snow is almost blinding. We were just on the edge of the epic storm, Jonas, which continues to impact the East Coast even as I write.
The bull’s-eye of this storm seemed to be our nation’s capital. After an inch of snow created havoc when it fell on Thursday in the city, the mayor declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the blizzard and white-out conditions that were anticipated over the weekend. Already being described as one of the top-ten largest storms in Washington’s history, Jonas was not over. With a storm surge of five feet, winds up to 50 mph., visibility at .25 miles, a snow accumulation predicted to be 16 to 36 inches, and the city brought to a complete standstill, this storm has been nicknamed Snowzilla.
But the official name is “Jonas,” which means “gift from God.” We are more familiar with the English, Biblical version of the same name which is “Jonah.” That leads me to wonder…Could this storm be more than an environmental storm? Could God be sending us a message?
Jesus explained in Luke 11:29-30, “This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet.” While the sign of Jonas was the resurrection of Jesus Christ, another thought struck me when I considered who Jonas was. He was a man sent by God to give a warning to Nineveh, the capital of Assyria, the world empire of his day. And what was the warning? Very simply, “Judgment is coming.”
Like Jonah of old, could Jonas be delivering God’s same message to the capital of the United States of America? “Judgment is coming”? Don’t wait to find out. “Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. Who knows? He may turn and have pity and leave behind a blessing… Joel 2:12-14
The wonderful truth is that when Jonah, the prophet, delivered God’s message to Nineveh, the people believed God. They humbled themselves and repented of their sin. When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he had compassion and did not bring upon them the destruction he had threatened. Jonah 3:1-10
God is speaking out of this storm. Are we listening?
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December 17, 2015
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Isaiah 60:1-2
Terrorist attacks in Paris, Colorado Springs, and San Bernardino have left us ashen-faced and horrified. Polarization within political parties, corruption at the highest levels of government, name-calling of opponents, character assassination of those who disagree, lies spun as truth, brutality covered up, the economy propped-up are just some issues that are contributing to our sense that America is unraveling. We no longer trust our government, our leaders, our bankers, our police officers, our newspapers, our business partners, our investors, our neighbors…even our religious leaders.
November 27, 2015
…Be strong and do not lose courage…. 2 Chronicles 15:7¹
The history of Israel includes some riveting similarities to our world today. One brief vignette that caught my attention recently is from 2 Chronicles 14-15. After the glorious, golden years of King Solomon, his son, Rehoboam, succeeded him. While Solomon was wise, Rehoboam was arrogant, foolish, and in short order had led the southern kingdom away from faith in God. A warning through God’s Word came to him plainly, “Thus says the Lord, ‘You have forsaken Me, so I also have forsaken you…’”² And God did. While He spared Rehoboam’s life, He allowed Jerusalem to be ransacked, and all the amassed wealth of Solomon to be looted by the Egyptians.
October 9, 2015
On this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.…and that rock was Christ. Matthew 16:18, 1 Corinthians 10:4
Christians have been targeted for death in a school in Oregon. On a beach in Libya. In the villages of northern Syria. In a hospital in Afghanistan. In the bush of Nigeria and the deserts of Sudan.
But Tertullian, an early church leader, wrote in 197 A.D. that “the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.” Praise God! Glory Hallelujah! His Truth is marching on!
September 22, 2015
…Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. Matthew 7:24-25
Strong foundations are vitally important if a structure is to remain standing during a significant storm. This was illustrated when Ike, a Category 4 hurricane with winds up to 143 miles per hour almost destroyed Galveston, Texas, in 2008.