“My roof is gone…… and my house is flooding. Initial reports are of widespread devastation. So far we have lost all what money can buy and replace.” Disheartening words from Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit emerged on social media following the aftermath of hurricane Maria. To point out, Hurricane Maria powered up to a category 5 storm before causing devastation to Dominica and environs. Its gruesome wind left islanders with almost nothing and forced to rebuild from ground zero.
Like Dominica and other Caribbean islands, Job suffered a similar fate. Not to mention, Job had everything but somehow at one point, had nothing – except for his life. “…Suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them (the children) and they are dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” (Job 1:19) He lost much of his livestock through foreign attack, his sheep to fire and his children to a calamitous natural disaster.
While devastated by the current chain of events, Job “fell to the ground” and worshipped God. Job showed faith and persistence to refrain from cursing God despite being influenced to do such.
Throughout your Christian journey, you too will be faced with spiritual ‘hurricanes ‘ and trials. Understand that storms will emerge to tear you apart, destroy your life and place you on your knees. To put it differently, become like Job and praise God not curse Him through your moments of difficulty. “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds.” (James 1:2).
It’s only through stormy conditions can some lessons be taught. It’s only through stormy conditions can God direct us, inspect us and test our faith.
Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
Don’t panic, Job’s story does not end at destruction and neither will yours. God rewarded Job’s faith by restoring him two-fold. Just as God restored Job, God will restore you. It’s important to realize that restoration may not come immediately as it’s an ongoing process.
Nevertheless, take comfort in God’s promise found in Deuteronomy 30:3 which says, “God, your God, will restore everything you lost; he’ll have compassion on you; he’ll come back and pick up the pieces from all the places where you were scattered.“
In due time Dominica, God will restore you. St Maarten, God will restore you. Anguilla, God will restore you. Antigua and Barbuda, God will restore you. If I’m forgetting anyone, God will restore you too. Doesn’t matter the situation as long as you have faith, God can restore it. Don’t doubt the Master, just trust Him to do it.
Prayer: Lord, I understand that you allow the storms to test my faith. Please grant me the strength to praise, not doubt you during these times knowing that you can restore me. Amen
This devotional is dedicated to all the individuals whose countries were affected by Hurricanes’ Irma and Maria. Be strong.
Text for meditation: “God, your God, will restore everything you lost; he’ll have compassion on you; he’ll come back and pick up the pieces from all the places where you were scattered.” (Deuteronomy 30:3)