Saturday, September 16, 2023

Pastor's Ponderings, September 16, 2023

Tragedies May Come But God Reigns 

According to the September 14, 2023 Associated Press, “Flooding death toll soars to 11,300 in Libya’s coastal city of Derna, aid group says.” 

“In comments to the Saudi-owned Al Arabia television station on Thursday, Derna Mayor Abdel-Moneim al-Ghaithi said the tally could climb to 20,000 given the number of neighborhoods that were washed out.”  Without warning, it seems the local dams collapsed and whole villages were washed out to sea.


We are still reeling from the earthquake catastrophe in Morocco and the over 52,000 deaths in the Ukraine war.  Despite this worldwide horror, we must still stand up and declare and decree that this is the day that the Lord has made, and we will rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm 118:24).  Our God reigns despite looming and ongoing strikes, indicted politicians, and the drug cartels dealing death blows at home and abroad.  


When the world asks how an Omniscient and Loving God could allow these disasters, we can ask God for wisdom about how to share His love and comfort. We can declare and decree that our God still loves the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son for us (John 3:16).


Despite that world’s challenges, we are convinced that nothing or no one will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39). We can suffer, cry, sympathize and empathize with those who have been hit by the vagaries of life or who have lost their lives altogether.  Despite what comes or what goes, all things work together for the good for those who love the Lord and who have been called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).  God is still on the throne.


Psalm 118:24

New International Version

24 The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad.


John 3:16

New International Version

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.


Romans 8:38-39

New International Version

38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 

39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Romans 8:28

New International Version

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.


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