September 2021

Bits ’n Pieces

Here We Go Again!

On August 31, 2021 the major hurricane Ida hit New Orleans and surrounding areas. It was 16 years to the day that Katrina came ashore in 2005! I wrote this then. How much more sixteen years later! Substitute the name Ida for Katrina and the situation is the same if not compounded exponentially worse. Our Lord God is truly long suffering and patient. Please read, heed and marvel at the Glory and Grace of our Heavenly Father!

The ongoing saga of New Orleans and the surrounding area of the Gulf Coast area of Missis- sippi and Alabama is unfolding before my eyes as I write this. The death total continues to rise, and the devastation is being referred in the media news as “our tsunami”. The economic impact will affect the whole nation as the damage assessment continues in the coming days and months. Our congregation has been touched like so many in other parts of the country with extended family and friends who were in Katrina’s path. Pictures of those trying to flee and along with that those who are looting, continue to be shone. The governor of Louisiana has ordered to evacuate New Orleans and called for a day of prayer August 31st. She said that they need help. Out of all the coverage I have seen since Katrina hit, this is the only request publicly made from a government official of any I have heard and at that a general request that New Orleans needs prayer. As the water in the city continues to rise, people trying to escape the water continue to collect at the Super Bowl.

What must it have been like during Noah’s days? Are we still hoping for a man or group of righteous men to save us? What is it going to take for us to prostrate ourselves to the only real source of rescue and help, the Lord God Almighty? What will it take for the fear of the Lord to be renewed in our land? Will we hear what Scripture tells us why “natural disasters” happen? The prophet Nahum writes about Nineveh, “A jealous and avenging God is the LORD; The LORD is avenging and wrathful. The LORD takes vengeance on His adversaries, And He reserves wrath for His enemies. The LORD is slow to anger and great in power, And the LORD will by no means leave the guilty unpunished in whirlwind and storm is His way, And clouds are the dust beneath His feet. He rebukes the sea and makes it dry; He dries up all the rivers. Bashan and Carmel wither; The blossoms of Lebanon wither. Mountains quake because of Him And the hills dissolve; Indeed the earth is up heaved by His presence, The world and all the inhabitants in it. Who can stand before His indignation?

Who can endure the burning of His anger? His wrath is poured out like fire And the rocks are broken up by Him. The LORD is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble, And He knows those who take refuge in Him. But with an overflowing flood He will make a complete end of its site (Nineveh), And will pursue His enemies into darkness.” 1:1-8. Within this Scriptures we have the themes that echo through all the Word of God. God has enemies. God judges His enemies. God is good. God is in Control. God is a refuge for those who take refuge in Him.

Does the Lord God see us as His enemies? Is He beginning to judge us as He finally did Nineveh? When we look at the escalating “natural disasters” in our country and the long-range predictions of the rest of this hurricane season for higher-than-average East Coast activity and then again read the above Scripture, can we who know the Lord conclude anything different? This could be just the beginning! This is too much for us. What do we do?

Dear one, now more than ever we must cry out to the Lord of Creation, the Lord Almighty, the Sovereign Lord of the Universe, the Savior and Redeemer. Confess your sins to Him and return to Him. Run to Him! “The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble, And He knows those who take refuge in Him.” Let us cry out the Lord as David shows us with: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.” Psalm 139:23-24. Unite with me to call our Nation to the same con- fession, “But what does it say? ‘The WORD IS NEAR YOU, in your mouth and in your heart’ – that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved…. for ‘WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.’” (Rom. 10:8-9; 11)

Stay under the Shadow of the Almighty!
Paster Robert

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