As I awoke this morning my thoughts were dominated by thinking of the MBF staff at the main offices in Houston. Several of them are just returning home today and one staff members says that they may not be able to get back into their house for two weeks. They were rescued by boat and have no clothes, no car, no possessions – only the clothes on their backs. It seemed to be easy at that instant to question – Where was God in all this? How can a loving God allow all of this suffering and pain?
It was then that I read Psalm 34: 1-8
I will extol the Lord at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.
I will glory in the Lord;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
Glorify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.
This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
he saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him,
and he delivers them.
Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
David was speaking to me this morning from this Psalm. Was God surprised by the Hurricane? Is He not in control of all things? Does He not have a plan much greater than any plans of man?
This Psalm then lead me to think, what if instead tragedy, I could glimpse that the only way that someone who has never heard of Jesus might come into contact with him is through a Christian who with humility ministers to him in his greatest time of need. What if like so many times before, I am so hardhearted and what it really takes is to strip everything from me and reveal to me that things will not satisfy and only He will do?
There is no way that we can fully appreciate the pain and suffering of so many people in Houston. But as Christians let’s try to listen to David today. Let’s let praise always be on our lips and pray that others see us rejoicing. What better way for someone to see God than through you and me —- “taste and see that the Lord is good”.