The following article was submitted by Bettie Marlowe, General Sunday School Coordinator for The Church of God.
Till the storm passes over, till the thunder sounds no moreMosie Lister, 1953
Till the clouds roll forever from the sky
Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand
Keep me safe till the storm passes by.
We’re in the midst of a storm. Confusion, solutions, questions – the thunder of distress – are coming from every direction. Blame is indiscriminately placed on leaders, Christians, sinners and cultures.
People ask, “Why does God allow this?” But the question is not posed to other supposed deities – “Why does Buddha allow this?”; “Why does Allah allow this?”; Why does …”
Jesus said in Luke 13:4: “Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? “
We must remember that this is not a perfect world. God created it perfect, but sin messed it up. From sin came pestilences, troubles, sickness and death. And all living creatures suffer the results. However, the child of God can take comfort and strength through faith in our Lord. We have the promises of Christ that “the storm will pass” for us, and what is meant for destruction will bring us closer to His coming.
It’s not our prerogative to place the blame – God rules. The question is, What are we doing in this crisis to bring glory to God. Are we concentrating on our own dilemma and forgetting about the lost who are facing death? We have this opportunity to go outside the walls of our churches and show that love of the second commandment given by Christ – “love thy neighbor as thyself.”
In the southeast United States, in the midst of the shutdown, we experienced the ravages of tornadoes. One came through Chattanooga and Cleveland. Lives were lost and property was destroyed. At my location, we had flooding. I saw Brother Rick Razsi put that love in action as he waded through water to bring neighbor’s car to higher ground, and then helped the young woman and her little daughter out of her flooded house as the water rose to heights which would have trapped them minutes later.
The Church must be ready to minister when storms come – whatever they are. God didn’t save us just to go to heaven. His work doesn’t stop. He gives us grace and strength to continue. We can’t waste time by entering into the world’s controversy about who, where and why. Our work is not political – it is not partisan – it is not of the world’s wisdom or intellectual knowledge, but of understanding the Ways of God and trusting Him always.