When news of a storm warning hits the airwaves we glue ourselves to our televisions and radios, filled with fear and trepidation, or maybe just curiosity, about an oncoming disaster.
We watch and we wait.
We analyze every possible storm-track and try to predict the potential damage.
We flock to Wal-Mart to stock up on batteries, bottled water and canned food. We sterilize and fillour tubs with an emergency water supply. The dishes and laundry are done so that if power is lost, we won’t run out of either. Those lucky enough to have them, check their generators for back-up power. We board up our windows and sand-bag our foundations. Schools close. Some people evacuate and move to safer ground. The military goes on alert to potentially provide disaster relief and shelter for evacuees. Families from inland call, friends text or Facebook to check up on us and make sure we are ready. Then when it is all over and power and phone lines are restored to the affected areas, tweets and texts and status updates will reassure every one of their loved ones’ safety.
Even those of us on the outer reaches of the storm bands prepare and wonder how bad it could get. It’s on everyone’s mind. Even if we choose to appear un-ruffled, the uncertainty likely lurks beneath the surface. And we prepare.
The old adage, better safe than sorry, rings true when the storm warnings start rolling in.
But what about an even greater storm that is coming? The Bible tells us that “as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” Matthew 24-27. This is a storm of epic and eternal proportions, but it seems those that who talk about preparing for it are dubbed as lunatics and crazies, religious fanatics. But it seems that this is the one storm you wouldn’t want to take any chances with.
How Prepared Are You For the Storm Warning?
Are you watching for the warning signs?
“Watch, therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
What is your source of light if the electricity goes out?
“Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.””
What have you stored up for an emergency?
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Do you have enough water to drink and food to eat?
“And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”
Has everything that needs it been cleaned?
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
Do you have an emergency source of power?
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”
Is your foundation strong and reinforced?
“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.”
Where will you take shelter?
“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.”
Who will you call?
“For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
What about your friends and family…have you checked to see how prepared they are?
“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”
When we fear God we don’t need
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