Thursday, September 22, 2005

Hurricanes Rita and Katrina: We Must Humble Ourselves Before God

This sequence of extraordinarily powerful storms is unprecedented, making the words of Joel seem right on point: “Listen to this…everybody in the country, attend! Has anything like this ever happened in your day, or in your ancestors’ days?” Joel 1:2 (New Jerusalem Bible). Equally relevant is his direction for responding to such events; we must humble ourselves before God, focusing on Him. See Joel 1:13-15 and 2:15-17.

God is trying to tell us something and we should be listening. We need to be on our faces before Him praying for His mercy and that we get, and properly respond to, what He is trying to show us. His Spirit will help us with such prayers, as promised in Romans 8:26, but that will only happen if we humble ourselves before Him, both individually and as a nation.