We are living in a world where disasters appear to be happening more frequently than ever before, including: flooding, fires, mudslides, and earthquakes. These disasters have brought enormous pain, suffering and death to a great number of people. Watching the world news, we see the problems associated with a natural disaster. Imagine what Moses had to contend with when the people of Israel lacked the basic necessities of life like food and water. The will to live can bring out the evil, animal instinct deep inside most of us to survive at all costs. Israel, through the love of God, received bread and water from Heaven to sustain them on their wilderness journey to the Promised Land.
Today by the grace and mercy of God, disaster areas are receiving that same love of God with food, water and medicine from around the world through humanitarian efforts. Suffering, pain and troubles are unavoidable passages in life, but what is true will remain true with God—even in suffering. We have two wonderful promises to help us through our problems: “God will always be with us,” Matthews 28:20; and “God will one day rescue us to His reign of justice and peace, and give us eternal life,” Revelation 21:1-4. Let us pray for the people so that God will give them the strength to endure through these tragedies.
And let us pray for the many volunteers who are giving of themselves by showing the love of God with their service of supplying food, water, medicine and money. May God be glorified.
We must continue to pray for President Barrack Obama that he receives the spiritual discernment he needs to help all the people who are suffering, and to direct this country while under the pressure of evil and corruption. Let him fight with truth and righteousness. There are those who are insensitive and blind to God’s presence especially when it comes to the needs of others. Pray for those who are prejudiced against people in need. The beauty of God’s message is for all people, and none should be shut out because they are different.
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