What does Hurricane Harvey mean to the Church?

by Betsy Roy

What could God be saying to His Church, the Body of Christ (Corpus Christi) through Hurricane Harvey? Is God speaking to the Church about the dangers of complacency and apathy?

An article in USA Today entitled “Corpus Christi breathes sigh of relief….”  reported “Emergency coordinators have said for years that complacency could be dangerous for Corpus Christi, describing residents’ responses to storm warnings as apathy. “ Many residents stayed in the city, dismissing warnings. They did prepare some by boarding up homes and stocking up on supplies. The prevailing attitude, however was one of “it’s not going to hit us that badly”.

Hurricane Harvey was predicted to make landfall in Corpus Christi, Texas. Interestingly, Corpus Christi means Body of Christ which refers to the Church. The Church is His Body living on the earth today. On Saturday August 26, 2017 abc13 news headlines reported “Corpus Christi emerges from Hurricane Harvey relatively unscathed”.  Sadly in other places, like Rockport, Texas the damage is described as catastrophic. While there was property damage in Corpus Christi, the report concluded  “Miraculously, no injuries have been reported within city limits.” We do thank God for this! But, can we just take God’s protection for granted? What is God saying to the Church, His Body through this natural storm? 

Our nation is experiencing a huge moral decline. Unrighteousness is rampant. We are heading towards lawlessness and anarchy. Yet, many in the Church sit in their recliner, feeding on junk food messages and are not changed into Christ’s image. If not in the recliner, then they are “too busy” with the things of this world like constant work, entertainment, sports and running here and there. They participate in ungodly living thinking that somehow they are “good to go” because they claim to be a Christian. Jesus called us to Himself – not the TV and not ‘going to church’. He called us to prayer, service and laying our lives down for one another. He called us to focus and perseverance. We must repent of complacency and apathy. We cannot be a people of “whatever will be, will be”.

We must have the mind of Christ! The Bible tells us that we can have it, but we must be willing to lay down our own ideas and “stinking thinking”. We need the cleansing power of the Word of God to wash our minds. In Isaiah 55:9 God tells us that “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” HIS Word does not return empty, but accomplishes HIS purposes, which brings blessing and fruitfulness to our lives. It brings peace and joy even in the midst of difficult circumstances. (Read Isaiah 55: 10 – 13). We must contend for this mindset. It requires our due diligence and effort! It requires that we read and study God’s Word, the Bible for ourselves. It requires humbling ourselves and prayer. 

We cannot just breathe a sigh of relief if this storm hasn’t hit us hard or even at all. What about our neighbor? What about our children and grandchildren? What about the future of our nation? What about the next storm? Read what the LORD says in Zephaniah 2: 1-3. Seek the Lord, seek righteousness, seek humility.  Gather together, O shameful nation. NOW Is the time!

The Church in the United States is seeing some BIG signs within this last week. One week ago today we experienced Solar Eclipse 2017. The week ended with one of the biggest Hurricanes to hit Texas ever.  Now downgraded to a Tropical Storm, Harvey is still causing much damage and heavy flooding which is expected to continue through this Friday September 1, 2017. The after effects are sure to continue for a long time. Are we understanding the times and are we doing what God shows us to do in His Word? I sincerely pray so.

RIGHT NOW, you can pray and act to help in Texas by giving to a Christian Relief Organization such as Samaritan’s Purse.  At Women of the Word we are calling women to corporate prayer, worship and godly living for the sake of our families and nation. We are also calling them to put action behind their prayers so that others will see Jesus loves them and cares for them. Please do likewise. Get out of complacency and apathy. Stop just doing the minimum thinking that is enough preparation. Be strong in the Lord so you are ready to face any storm in life with courage, knowing God will bring you through!

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Betsy Roy

Director and President of Women of the Word. Professional Background - Registered Nurse Married to Jim for over 30 years. 3 daughters, 3 grandchildren.