Greetings all, in the name of Jesus!
Having just come through Hurricane Dorian, and with folk still dealing with the aftermath of this storm, as a minister of the Gospel, let me offer here a biblical perspective for your edification.
While many are dealing with storm damage to homes, flooding and other issues, God would have us to remain encouraged and hopeful even in the face of loss and suffering.
My biblical text comes from the 8th chapter of St. Matthew, and beginning at verse 23, where a great and powerful storm threatened to overtake the small boat carrying Jesus and his disciples. Despite the storm being so threatening, Jesus, who was asleep on the boat, woke up, went to the front of the boat, stretched out his hands over the water, and the storm came to an end!
I preached on this recently at my church, Bartley Temple, and my topic was: "You Will Make It Through The Storm." This is the message for you now, my brothers and sisters. While you are dealing with the aftermath of the storm, keep the faith as you go forward in the recovery phase.
Jesus was on board that boat as recorded in our text, and the storm did no harm to the passengers. Yes, they were shaken up a bit. They got very wet, and most likely suffered some bumps and bruises, and there was most likely even some damage to the boat itself. Even so, the men on board survived through the mercy of God!
Finally, my friends, even if you find yourself in the midst of some storms, speak to your storm and tell your storm that it will not last. Tell yourself that your storm is almost gone! Say, my storm is almost gone, and I can see joy, peace and happiness.
And as you rejoice in the Lord's grace and mercy, please recall the words of this powerful an d familiar hymn that speaks to our topic:
"When the storms of life are raging, stand by me. When the storms of life are raging, stand by me. When the world is tossing me like a ship upon the sea, thou who rules the wind and water, stand by me."
May God bless and prosper you all in the name of Jesus!