Good Morning November 1

In the aftermath of the recent storm, clichés like “every cloud has a silver lining” are useless and even hurtful. No one sees or believes in a silver lining in the midst of the pain and loss of a disaster. As we’ve said, there are no good answers to the why questions, but there is hope in the Lord. There were many terrible times reported in our Old Testament scriptures, wars, famine, disease and more. God was not absent from any of them. His desire is always that hearts be turned back to Him. There are really only two choices in any tragedy, to “curse God and die” (internally if not physically) as Job’s wife counseled him,(Job 2:9) or as Job responded, “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him.”(13:15) The psalmists record many troubles, but their response is as in Psalm 73: “When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered, I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you. Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (vss.21-26)