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Special Report: Hurricane #Irene



She’s everywhere. The East coast of the United States has a new visitor in town. She’s popular. Irene is on the news channels, other random television stations, online, and even Twitter and Facebook. She’s causing terror. Many are afraid, and though we all should have some level of concern, we ought not to be worried.
Jesus said so clearly in Matthew 24 that events such as this will occur and instead of being so alarmed and on guard for a hurricane, we should be more alarmed and on guard for Christ’s return.
In Matthew chapter 24 verse 7 Jesus says that natural disasters and terrible circumstances such as these will occur in various places. And even though they will happen and must happen He said: [Matt. 24:10a] At that time many will turn away from the faith [Matt. 24:13b] but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.
During the chaos and turmoil, when everyone is worried, anxious, and scared who’s report will you lean on—the weather man, people on Twitter and Facebook who speak of fear? Or will you stand firm, trusting in God that He will protect you despite it all?
Don’t get me wrong, it is always smart to take precautions. After all, the Bible does say to use wisdom. However, these disasters are signs to us that Christ is coming soon and that we ought not to be in dismay, but walk in full confidence in God who protects us. 
While harm may be all about you, remember these verses in Psalms 91:


[2] I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.”
[4] He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
[9] If you make the Most High your dwelling—even the LORD, who is my refuge—[10] then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent.
[14] “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
[15] He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
[16] With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
 May God bless you and protect you, dear friends.

*Please note that the photograph is not a picture of Hurricane Irene. 
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4 Responses

  1. Jenny

    Umm…Isn't that reading too much into the text? Matt. 24:7 doesn't talk about "natural disasters" generally; it specifically mentions famines and earthquakes. Hurricanes – along with other natural disasters – are nothing new, occurring all the time.

    I don't mean to say that precautions should be taken. I have a lot of family and friends on the east coast, so I pray that everyone will be okay. And even though Hurricane Irene's merely a Category 1 (compared to Hurricane Katrina at Category 5), I'm aware that that doesn't mean that there won't be severe damage.

  2. Ashley

    Hi Jenny,

    I know Matthew 24:7 doesn't specifically mention the words "natural disasters" but anytime damage is done by a hurricane, earthquake, and so forth it is indeed a natural disaster seeing that it isn't man-made.

    I know hurricanes are nothing new, neither are earthquakes and famines. They occurred even during Biblical times; however, Jesus said that during the last days things such as these will occur, so I mentioned it.

    I agree with you, precautions should be taken and I mentioned that within the article. I live on the east coast and yes, it is a category 1 hurricane, but we all should be aware of it still. I have family who has already seen the damage it caused and stated that it seems long-lasting, if not permanent.

    The overall message of the article was to state that Jesus will be returning soon, although know one knows when, and that we all should aim to be ready for when He does arrive. It was also a message of encouragement for the many individuals I see worried and nervous about it. I want to send out a reminder that God protects His people.

    I appreciate you sharing your thoughts.

  3. Author Amanda Beth

    Great message, Ashley! I love Psalm 91. It's so comforting knowing we can always find refuge in God during the storms in our lives. Thanks for posting this. Bless you:)

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