When forecasters began warning about the dangers of Hurricane Florence days ago, it was predicted to be a Category 5 by the time it would make landfall. Then some serious Christians started praying as the government issued evacuation notices. Florence seemed to be destined to be a record-setter.
Then on Monday, September 10, a Christian non-profit called Intercessors for America took to social media and intensified a nationwide call for prayer against the intensity of the storm and for the safety of people in its path. Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church of Dallas and other Christian leaders also called for nationwide prayer. Now, lo and behold, the storm was first downgraded to a Category 2 earlier on Thursday, September 13, but was subsequently further downgraded to a Category 1.
While naysayers in the mainstream media were licking their chops discussing the hurricane with hopes it would be a disaster so they could rejoice over a potential failure by Trump and his FEMA director, it seems the Lord in response to the fervent prayers of his saints had other plans. Danger still lurks, but thank God he has heard the prayers of his people and has weakened the storm with the added bonus of helping the Trump administration look good yet again despite the haters. Of course, when we receive such mercies from the Lord, it’s not due to any inherent goodness we may think we have. It’s due to the Lord’s righteousness that he places in those who humbly receive his righteousness through the blood of the Lord Jesus. What a joy to see it actually play out in real life situations when a threatening hurricane arises.
… the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet. Nahum 1:3