31 Aug Hurricane Idalia – Back Porch Ramblings
Storms like the one we are now experiencing directly result from human causes, but not in the way you might expect. In the beginning, it was not this way. The Holy Spirit hovered over the surface of the deep and brought order into the chaos of prehistoric creation. The best we can tell, there were no hurricanes just off the coast of Eden. There were no tsunamis, earthquakes, tornadoes, or the like.
These things directly resulted from sin- but not the original sin. The sins I’m referring to are those that happened during the days of Noah, when mankind turned its back on our creator and decided to rebel against His revealed corporately will.
As a result, the wrath of God was poured out on the whole Earth, killing all humanity save those on board the ark that Noah had built. The cataclysmic shift to the planet produced global and atmospheric changes that we still feel the effects of today. Hurricanes are the spasmodic reminders of a once-global flood.
They are also a perpetual reminder of another similar Judgement that is yet to come. A hurricane that will not be relegated to coastal communities. A hurricane that will not flood water upon and wind upon the earth – but a global hurricane of fiery judgment.
As you look at the catastrophe that will inevitably follow in the wake of this storm, remember a storm is coming for which there will be no survivors.
2 Peter 3:10 (ESV)
10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.
The only hope in the midst of that storm is to take shelter under the wings of the Almighty. In the words of King David – Psalm 91:3–4 (ESV)
3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. 4 He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
So, as you see, those affected by this storm. Remember the words of Jesus as he reflected on another disaster.
Luke 13:2–3 (ESV)
2 And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? 3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.