As I write, Irma is approaching and Harvey is in cleanup. Five years ago I was writing about Katrina at this point. What is a hurricane but a big “whirlwind” (5492a). One of the snippets I read in the coverage of Irma was a group of people in Florida who were going to stay where they were because their building was rated to withstand a category 5 hurricane. I am not sure I would have that kind of faith. I doubt if I will read about how it went with them.
You notice in this verse it is not the wind that is labeled as evil. It is a force of nature. The doom is on the “wicked” (7563). The promise is on the “righteous” (6662). How that plays out with forces of nature I don’t know. I tend to want to make this figurative but there is always the question of how our spiritual condition relates to the tragedy of life. We need to be careful about literal understandings. Note the words of Jesus,
(Matthew 5:45 KJV) That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.I think the difference is in how we respond to the forces of nature and life. Having a foundation of righteousness makes us more resilient. We bounce back. We keep the faith and live the life.
So? I pray that you and yours have made it through the earthquakes and hurricanes of the year. I also pray that you have the strength of the Lord to flourish.
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