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Max Lucado: As Natural Disasters Engulf America, Where Is God?

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Mr. Lucado, thank you so much for joining us.

Well, it's a great privilege.

I appreciate the opportunity.

Of course.

Well you recently wrote a piece about finding

God in the midst of the storm.

We see so much flooding, so much disaster

left by the hurricanes.

Where is God in all of this?

I think two or three reminders are

really helpful during seasons like this.

One is, that God never promised that there would

be a world with no storms.

In fact, when Jesus--

God, in the flesh on the earth--

and during his time, during his lifetime,

he endured many storms.

And so to suggest that God is absent,

or that the presence of God means there are no storms,

that's simply not true.

You know, the fact of the matter is, Jesus said, in this world

you will have tribulation, but you can be of good cheer

because I've overcome the world.

For the Christian, really, these storms

can serve to whet our appetite for the world in which God will

restore his creation to a harmonious state, where

there will not be these natural disasters.

Jesus said, that in the end times we could look up

and we could see the Son of Man coming with great glory.

These signals, or these difficulties and storms,

are signals to the Christian, reminding us

that the world is not the way it should be,

but someday it will be.

And so, these are signals that cause us to lift up our eyes

and look to see if the Son of Man is coming.

We lift up and we look up.

We lift up our hearts, we look up at the heavens.

And we don't give up hope, we don't

despair during times like this.

Amen.

And in your article, you say this is a time

to stand up and lift up.

Right now on the screen, we are showing our audiences dozens

of people on the beach in Florida,

worshipping and praising the Lord, before the hurricane

even hit.

What do you think about these responses?

I think that's exactly what we should do.

Anybody can worship God when the sun is shining

and the skies are blue.

But to worship God in the midst of the storm,

that's what requires faith.

And of course, many of us will never face a physical hurricane

like Irma, but all of us will face

emotional hurricanes, or financial hurricanes,

hurricanes that come in the form of the doctor's

diagnosis, or the difficulty in a family situation.

So all of us have the opportunity to lift up our eyes

and turn our hearts toward heaven.

This requires an intentional decision on our part.

I like Psalm 121:1.

The Psalmist said, "I will lift up

my eyes to the hills from whence comes my help.

My help comes from the Lord, who made

the heavens and the earth".

This was an intentional decision on the part of the Psalmist

who said, "I will lift up my eyes".

We have to choose to lift up our eyes

and stare less at the storm, and stare more at the Maker.

And when we do, we're honoring God,

we're worshipping Him, in spite of our circumstances,

not hoping that He will change our circumstances.

But we're choosing to worship Him anyway.

And when we do, we're honoring God.

And when we do, we find a stable faith,

as we look to the God who is present beyond the storm.

Amen.

And lastly, how do we share our hope with people

who have lost everything?

Well you know, the Bible says for us

to be anxious for nothing, but in everything,

by prayer and supplication, to let our requests be

made known to God.

And the peace of God, which surpasses understanding,

will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

As we turn our hearts toward our Heavenly Father,

and we give to him our anxious thoughts,

we pray to Him, we remain in a posture of gratitude,

the consequence is a peace.

There is a peace that passes understanding.

And I think what the world needs right now

is a quorum of people who are people of peace, who have known

the Prince of Peace--

Jesus Christ-- and who are willing to carry a sense

of peace into the world.

I don't think we gain much by wagging our tongues

or pointing our fingers at society

during a time like this, or saying,

well this is a sign that we are too evil

and God is just punishing us.

That doesn't get us very far.

I think the time--

this is the time for us just to be people of peace,

people who help our neighbors, people whose gentleness is

evident to everybody, people who have a calm spirit,

people who are quick to help out people who are in hard times.

And that, I think, is our best--

the best sermon we can preach right now.

And that is, a lifestyle of peace and tranquility.

Amen.

Max Lucado, thank you so much for joining us today.

Thank you, it's a privilege.

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