Wednesday May 25

600 tornadoes in April – Massive Damage in Tuscaloosa, Alabama After Tornadoes Hit – Death toll reaches 124 in Joplin; 1,500 Reported Missing – – Another outbreak of tornadoes rips nation’s heartland – Violent thunderstorms kill 9 in Okla., Kan., Ark., last night.

Luke 6:47, 48  “As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. 48 They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.”

How do we respond when the flood comes?  When the torrent strikes so hard that we are in a daze trying to grasp what has happened.  Recently, except for Japan, we have been dealing with tornadoes and violent storms.  How do we respond when friends and family are among the victims – whether experiencing damage or death?

Is God unfaithful when Christian loved ones are killed by such storms – or all they possess is devastated?  In our pain, do we cry out to Him in anger that He allowed such a thing to happen?  Do we find ourselves concluding that never again will we trust Him?  If these are typical of the responses we make, then our spiritual houses are not built upon rock – they are built upon sand.

When we truly put the words of Jesus into practice in our lives, they have a profound impact.  We become unshakeable.  No matter what happens we are secure in Him.  He sustains us; comforts us; and enables us to find our peace in Him.  We are enabled to trust our God even when we don’t understand and are overwhelmed by the ‘torrent’ that has hit us.

There is no fault in our God!  There is no unfaithfulness.  No matter what happens He is there for us and with us.  In the most difficult times we have the opportunity to respond in faithfulness to Him.  Fortunately He forgives our shortcomings when our responses are less than they should be and enables us to repent and replace the ‘sand’ in our foundation with ‘rock’.

The storm system of these latest devastating tornadoes is moving eastward.  Today the threat exists for more such storms in the Mississippi and lower Ohio Valleys.  If they strike us, may we be found to have our lives built upon the rock.

About Don Schmidt

Beginning in the fall of 2009, Don was VP of Operations & Director of Student Life for 2 years at Williamson Christian College in Franklin, TN - a wonderful, accredited 4 year college for adult learners. That is where he started writing the devotionals. The passion of his heart is to love God and to help others learn to love God more and more. He grew up in St. Joseph, MI - Class of '66. Graduated from Michigan State in '70 and Wheaton Grad School in '78. Thunderous conversion October 11, 1968. He and Donna were engaged 2 hrs & 15 minutes after they met August 25, 1969 at a Christian camp in Georgia. They married in '70 and have 4 wonderful sons. Most of his adult career has been in business in NE Ohio. They lived for 20 years in Peninsula, OH. They attended St. Luke's Ministries (Anglican) in Copley, OH for many years. Four years ago they were reassigned by the Lord to attend River of Life Community Church in Hudson, OH. St. Luke's prayerfully sent them off on this new adventure with much love.
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