Storms, Sovereignty, and Servant Love
“The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD is enthroned as King forever. The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace. Psalm 29:10-11
Heavenly Father, Ian is big, you are bigger still. The wind, rain, and flooding continue, and you sit enthroned above all three… and everything else. We don’t understand the mystery of your sovereignty—why some friends wake up today devastated by the destruction of flood-waters, while others wake up relieved by minimal damage. But as your children we do affirm that your providence—not happenstance, circumstance, or accidents—get the first, middle, and last word.
You may not give us answers, but you do give us two things King David celebrates in this Psalm—strength and peace. Grant us strength (especially to first-responders) for serving one another in love—whether we live near or very far away. As Ian continues his northward movement, more people will be disheartened, despairing, and displaced. Strengthen hearts, backs, and arms for what lies ahead. This is a time for neighbor love, not self-preoccupation.
Grant us your peace for acting wisely, trusting boldly, and loving deeply. We pray for those most vulnerable and least resourced. It hurts to lose a vacation home—it hurts more to lose the only shelter, bed, and clothing one owns. May your peace not just give us relief, but joy in serving one another in love.
Lastly, Father, we are grateful for the Gospel—the ultimate provision for any and every storm of life (Matthew 7:24-27). There is only one Rock higher than any flood-water—Jesus, himself. Because of Jesus, we know we’re destined for the eternal peace of no more hurricanes, flooding, and any “storm.” But greater so, right now—right in the middle of everything else going on in our lives, we have peace with you by Jesus’ finished work. Thank you… Hallelujah… and So Very Amen.