Fascinating biblical truths from Hurricane Irma

I was riveted before the television on Sunday watching every movements of the monster hurricane Irma. I was awestruck by the destructive power of this colossal hurricane as it crossed from shore to shore destroying everything in its path without any mercy. Everywhere the storm went the result was destruction and desolation. This made me to reflect on the storms of life as we all have to face such storms in our lifetime.

It is not a matter of IF but WHEN as Jesus himself said in the parable, “I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.”

So is your house storm proof?  Here are some fascinating truths I learnt from watching the path of this destructive hurricane.

The greatest threat – Storm surge

The number one danger in an hurricane is not the wind but drowning due to storm surge. A storm surge is a gradual rise in the water level caused by a major storm’s wind as it gets closer to shore. So while you take steps to protect your house from the forceful winds of the hurricane, be also aware of the dangers of flood and ensure you build it at a level that floods cannot reach. In order to make your house storm proof, make sure it is built on a strong foundation as well as at the right altitude. Paul said, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Let’s make sure we are living in an altitude where our eyes are upon the Lord all the time so we can withstand any levels of storm surge.

The tail is coming… calm before the storm

The eye wall is the most devastating region of the hurricane. This is the location within a hurricane where the most damaging winds and intense rainfall is found. Because of the shape of the eye there can be a “wall” in the front and in the back. In between those regions there can be a small window of respite from winds before the back end of the “wall” strikes with vengeance. It is often the back end of the “wall” that brings the storm surge as the front wall recedes the water from the sea. Some people in Tampa went to the beach to take pictures as soon as the wind died after the front wall crossed. But they were warned about the surge and asked to go back to their shelters. Not long after that the surge came and in some places rose up to 10 ft above sea level.

Always “Watch and pray” and never take any peaceful and prosperous time for granted. It was during a peaceful time David got distracted and committed adultery which brought havoc upon his family. I recently came across a powerful quote from a book: “Prosperous times produce passive wills. Passive wills produce overpowering emotions. Overpowering emotions produce perverse thoughts. Perverse thoughts produce private sin. Private sin results in public consequences.” What a powerful truth that is!

Peter warned us, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 

You can’t fight all the time. A time to fight and a time to “evacuate”

Due to the severity of the hurricane, there was a mandatory evacuation order in Florida and this was the greatest evacuation in the history of United States. We always need to pay attention to the orders from the authorities and governments above us and take steps accordingly. Although there is no storm that can be powerful before our God, sometimes God will ask us to “evacuate” rather than to fight against it. When David saw that philistines are coming to fight against Keilah (1 Samuel 23), he inquired of the Lord and the Lord answered him, “Go down to Keilah, for I am going to give the Philistines into your hand.” David got a resounding victory! Immediately after that, Saul came after David to that city Keilah. So David asked the Lord again, “Will the citizens of Keilah surrender me and my men to Saul?” And the Lord said, “They will.” So David had to escape and live in the wilderness strongholds and in the hills of the Desert. David never assumed that God will give victory from Saul since he got victory over Philistines. Even Jesus’ parents were given instructions by an angel to escape to Egypt because Herod was searching for the child to kill.

This “evacuation” instruction from the Lord is not out of fear of the storm as no storm can stand against our God and “fear” has no place in his Kingdom. But it is out of the sovereignty of God who knows the best way to protect us and at the same time to teach us some important lessons.

So always listen to the directions from the Lord before responding to the storms of life. Learn to wait upon the Lord when you hear the roaring winds and the surging sea.

It needs to weaken

Hurricanes won’t disappear instantly. It needs to weaken and lose its power. Although our God can still the storm by the power of His word, sometimes you need to wait for the hurricanes to weaken and lose its power. The process can take a while. Be patient and keep waiting on the Lord.

Don’t let it gain strength

When Irma became a CAT 3 hurricane after crossing cuba, it gained strength again in the warm waters before hitting the Florida Keys. Don’t provide “warm waters” for the hurricanes of your life to gain strength. Get rid of bitterness and anger and stop putting “pity party”. Learn to live in peace and in humility.

A long recovery

The aftermath of an hurricane can be overwhelming. Don’t expect an instant recovery all the time. Sometimes you need to re-build. It can be trust, confidence, health, finances etc. “Building” is a process which takes time. You cannot expect an instant recovery all the time.

Finally, whatever storm you are facing or you may come across in life, always remember we have a God who can still the storm to whisper and hush the waves of the sea.

“He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.” – Psalm 107:29

But sometimes God will give you strength to walk over the stormy sea instead of hushing it just like he did to Peter. But always remember he will never let you drown as his hands are never too far from reaching out to you should you fall.

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8 Responses to Fascinating biblical truths from Hurricane Irma

  1. SHEENA JANAKIE says:

    Awesome thought…

  2. Excellent analogy! Growing up in the Caribbean I experienced a few hurricanes myself. The possibility of a major storm(s) is always present during hurricane season. That is why 90% of the island inhabitants take precautionary measures long before and during that time and know exactly how to respond. But then there are those who take good weather for granted and don’t bother to prepare. And yet others ignore emergency warnings before the storms hit and suffer fatal consequences. Likewise, we should learn from our past storms and prepare for the inevitable ones brewing in the enemy’s waters. However, as you stated, there will be times when the best course of action is to heed God’s warning and flee!

  3. wow, this is reassuring. I have been growing through such a tough season in my life and the storm is losing it’s power. This has encouraged me to take heed during the peaceful times and to always seek God in whatever season I am in. Thank you for sharing!

  4. MEL THOMPSON says:

    GOOD WORD! For God to give us “direction” in the storms of life, we can use your examples given by David: “inquired” and “asked” the Lord. That’s called SEEK YE FIRST!”

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