I probably should have changed the August calendar to call for prayer for Texas when Hurricane Harvey was pouring its trillion tons of water on them. It is partly because of the unprecedented nature of this year's hurricane season that I have made any change to the normal pattern to give Sunday, September 10, to Florida. I cannot recall any year when a hurricane has exceeded the size of the entire state of Florida, in both width and length. That, in addition to Harvey's record-setting rains before it and Hurricane Jose coming after it, make it clear that our efforts must be aimed at everyone in the path of this storm.
The effects of this storm season will be profound on America as a whole. Fuel supplies have been affected by Harvey's assault on the Gulf oil refineries. Citrus crops will be greatly reduced after Irma, possibly for years to come. Other food supplies will be affected as well. We have not seen the end of this, yet.
I am probably not the only American Christian who had concluded that God was not planning to judge and destroy America just yet when Trump narrowly defeated Mrs. Clinton for the Presidency. So, what am I concluding now, with these storms making one assault after another on our people, our property, and our long-term prosperity?
God is not the only spiritual force with an influence over the weather. He has to allow things for them to happen, but they are not necessarily His direct will or desire. The book of Job in the Bible shows Satan afflicting Job - with God's permission, because He was trusting that Job would teach Satan a lesson - and those trials included a whirlwind destroying the house where his children were banqueting, taking them all from him at once. Job's response was to say that the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. God may not be the primary cause of these storms. Satan may be the one planning our destruction.
Our response, like the patriarch Job, should be trusting in God with the great added benefit of His written Word in the Bible, which Job did not have. He did not have the examples of faith written for him in Scripture that we do. Indeed, Job is often called the oldest book in the Bible, which means none of it had been written in his day. Like the patriarch Job, God is looking to us as his children in Jesus Christ to have faith, and to frustrate the Devil.
As I have said before, Satan has dished out discouragement, doubt, depression, and frustration to Christians throughout the world, through the centuries. It's only fair we should give him some, too.
A Christian man living in Southeastern Pennsylvania, USA. Came under conviction in 1978 or 1979 to begin believing the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Came to saving faith in Christ in October 1982 by confessing I was a sinner by nature and only Christ could save me.