"Safety in the Storm"
September 6, 2009
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and He delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Psalm 107:28-29
During my vacation in the mountains, I came across a very interesting pamphlet. It was so interesting I kept a number of free copies.
Maybe I should explain why.
The pamphlet gives advice on what a person is supposed to do if he ever gets caught in the open during a bad lightning storm. The directions say he should kneel down; he should bend forward and then put his hands on his knees.
While it doesn't say so in so many words, the idea seems to be that a person can increase his safety by reducing his profile. In short -- make yourself a smaller, shorter target.
Now I kept those pamphlets not because I'm petrified of lightning. I'm not. I set aside those booklets because the wisdom they contain seems to be equally applicable to other areas of life.
Think about it. On a spiritual level, haven't we all seen the lightning strike around us?
Lightning can blaze into our lives in the form of an illness, or some kind of problem at work, or an ongoing conflict at home, or through unanticipated financial difficulties or, well, you get the idea.
Now there are a number of things we can do when the lighting starts zapping.
We can stand upright and face the problem on our own, or we can do as the pamphlet suggests: we can drop to our knees, bow our heads, and pray to the Lord for His protection, His assistance, and His guidance. Actually, the pamphlet doesn't say that.
Now I can't say what kind of lightning storm is headed your way. I don't know how strong it will be, or how long it will last. I don't know a lot of things, but I'm pretty sure a storm is coming. If it is, the Lord wants you to be informed as to what you should do.
Like God's people, cry to the Savior in your trouble. Then, be sure that the Savior -- who lived His life to save you -- will bring you through the storm.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, for delivering me from past storms, I give thanks. Now I am bold to request that You will also bring me through the tempests and squalls that sin, Satan, and death are sure to send my way. When the thunder rolls and the lightning flashes, may I be sure You will keep me secure. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries