Natural disasters are not coming from God.
In Mark 4:39, Jesus rebuked the storm and it became perfectly calm, demonstrating that God is not the author of such things—otherwise, Jesus would never have contradicted His Father by rebuking something sent by Him.
There is no place in the physical world where you can go and be safe from every destruction—every natural disaster. We can never anticipate what might come when we least expect it. But, no matter where you are in the world, God says to run to His shelter where you will not be afraid of the destruction...it will not approach you!
Headed Toward the House
Late one night, soon after building our new home in the country, we were faced with a severe weather alert. The local radio station was warning that a tornado had been sited just south of the country club—the exact location of our property. We could see several of the React Club vehicles parked on the road below our hill as the members watched the funnel cloud that seemed to be headed straight for our house.
I had never seen such a strange, eerie color in the night sky or experienced such a deafening silence in the atmosphere. You could literally feel the hair on your body standing on end. Some of our son’s friends were visiting, and, to their surprise, Jack quickly ordered our family to get outside with our Bibles and start circling the house—reading Psalm 91 and taking authority. Jack had the children out speaking directly to the storm, just like Jesus did.
The weird silence suddenly turned into a roar, with torrents of rain coming down in what seemed like bucketfuls, rather than drops. Finally, Jack got a peace that the danger had passed, even though by sight nothing had changed.
We walked back into the house just in time to hear the on-location radio announcer exclaim with so much excitement that he was almost shouting, “This is nothing short of a miracle—the funnel cloud south of the Brownwood Country Club has suddenly lifted back in the sky and vanished before our very eyes.”
You should have seen those kids jumping and hollering. It was the friends’ first time to observe the supernatural at work. Their surprise, however, was no greater than that of the professor the next day when he asked the students what they were doing during the storm.
Psalm 91--we will not be afraid of the destruction that lays waste...it will not approach us.”
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