A Devastating Storm

J. D. Conley
September 3, 2017

The Texas Gulf Coast and many miles inland, were slammed by Hurricane Harvey last week. Some areas are expecting an incredible thirty inches of rainfall. What made this hurricane so destructive was its stationary position, being sandwiched between two high pressures systems, it was locked in place and could not move for several days. As a result, it will require many years of rebuilding to recover from the effects of this devastating storm. May our prayers ascend for all those effected and especially for our brethren who have lost their church buildings and homes. To help the hurricane victims, the elders have sent one thousand dollars to the Disaster Relief Effort, Inc.

But a far more destructive storm is the raging storm of sin. Money, food, water, medical supplies, clothing and building materials are powerless to provide relief for it. Everyone is a victim to this deadly storm, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Rom. 3:23). "There is none righteous, no, not one" (Rom. 3:10). There is one, and only one relief, for the universal disaster this storm has caused, and that is the blood of Jesus Christ. Paul wrote, "In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace" (Eph. 1:7). John concurred, "And from Jesus Christ...unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood" (Rev. 1:5). Peter affirms, "...ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold...But with the precious blood of Christ..." (1Pet. 1:18-19). How does one reach this saving blood? Through baptism into Christ, (Rom. 6:3-4; Acts 22:16; Rev. 1:5, etc.).

The storm of sin, much like Hurricane Harvey, has stopped and made its home in countless people's lives. And the longer the storm rages, the more untold damage it will cause. Countless souls are ushered into eternity every day having never found relief and recovery from this deadly storm. It's up to every member in the body of Christ to get involved in the great disaster relief program for sinners, which is the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, (Mk. 16:15). Let us be as much as concerned with people's spiritual needs, as we are their physical.