What Can We Learn From Sandy?

Hurricane Sandy has come and gone but people in the northeast will be picking up the pieces for a long time. Homes destroyed, electrical power still out, billions of dollars of damage, businesses lost, and saddest of all the death toll is nearing 100. It’s worth spending a few minutes asking ourselves what there is for us to learn from this (or any other) natural disaster.

1. God is awesome. No one can watch a severe storm and not be taken aback at its power. It’s not a coincidence that when we are invited into the holy of holies to get a glimpse of the nature of God, here is what we see.

Revelation 11:19 Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a severe hailstorm.

 2. God is in control of nature and every storm. Storms like this are often called “natural disasters” and in a sense that’s right. After all these are disasters involving nature. But it’s not true that these storms happen apart from the will of God or that somehow nature is on the loose and has power apart from God.

In a storm severe enough to frighten veteran fisherman and cause them to fear for their life, Jesus intervened.

Mark 4:39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

3. We live in a fallen world. This is not the way the world is supposed to be. People aren’t supposed to work for a lifetime to build a business and then see it washed away. A family’s memories along with their house and all their possessions aren’t supposed to be stolen by a storm. But sin has infected this world and even creation is affected by its curse. One day God will renew the earth and their will be no more disasters of any kind.

4. This world is not the main world. Our hearts go out to people who lost so much in this disaster. But storms like this remind us to lay up treasures in heaven and not on earth. Don’t spend your life investing in things that can be stolen by wind and waves.

5. Christians should help their neighbors in need. This is one of those moments when, motivated by the love of Christ, Christians should step out and serve others. Church history is full of stories of people being won to Christ through the sacrificial love and service of Christians.

Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

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