Humbled by the storms

April 18, 2018 at 6:00 AM

snowyapril2.jpgHuge drifts formed by 14 inches of snow and 50-mile-per-hour winds pile up near Greg Kuiper's home in Luverne, MN.  (Photo by Greg Kuiper)

Humbled by the storms

By Dr. Greg Kuiper

A lot of people in the Midwest got introduced to God this past weekend.

Big snowstorms tend to do that — especially when they come in mid-April when snow-weary residents are longing for spring to emerge.

It becomes difficult for man to declare that he is in control when 14 inches of snowfall is coupled with 50-mile-per-hour winds, and gusts are measured at an astounding 67 mile per hour.

Area roads were closed and many homeowners were left without electricity when dozens of transmission line poles were felled by the winds. It was as if God were putting an exclamation point on His words of, “be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).

Storms like this help everyone to pause from typically busy schedules and reflect on the power and majesty of God. Believers are called to declare that the heavens declare His glory (Psalm 19). But helping unbelievers know that God exists still falls short of what His ambassadors are called to do in this world.

Romans 10:14 is a reminder that unbelievers need to know more. “How can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?”

Followers of Jesus are also called to share specifically that it was Jesus who intentionally came to earth to pay for sin and make His image-bearers acceptable to God.

This is exactly what Luke Society directors are doing around the world. They faithfully and fearlessly declare the majesty of our all-powerful Creator. And they go on to introduce unbelievers to the truth of who Jesus is as the only one who can provide eternal security in the midst of life’s storms.


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