The Word of Grace Devotion for the Week of September 4, 2017
Ecclesiastes 7:14, “Enjoy prosperity while you can, but when hard times strike, realize that both come from God. Remember that nothing is certain in this life.” NLT
Ecclesiastes 7:14, “In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him.” ESV
Beloved, I have included both the NLT and ESV versions of Ecclesiastes 7:14 to give us some clarity concerning this verse. Truth be told, South Texas has suffered great loss. From Corpus Christi to Beaumont and Southwest Louisiana, many people have lost homes, jobs, possessions and some even their lives.
To exacerbate this is the fact that some people were not doing well in the first place. Some were enduring the pain of cancer and others of depression and now life has added Hurricane Harvey on top of all of this.
This will be a long-term care commitment from many to see that South Texas is restored and most importantly, that lives are restored. Imagine this: It has been twelve years since Hurricane Katrina and there remain areas of New Orleans that have not been rebuilt. There are areas that remain in ruins twelve years after the fact! I pray that South Texas will be different and that we will rebuild the entirety of all that has been destroyed.
So where and how do we start? We start simply, one brick at a time. We will begin next week going to Katy, Texas and helping out mucking out homes in that area. The reasons are many. Few people are helping in this area. Samaritan’s Purse is not there yet and neither are many others. Also, the mayor has not asked people to stop bringing stuff because more stuff is needed!
Now, while our focus will be on Katy, this does not preclude us from going elsewhere to help out a family member. This in fact may happen but our focus for the next year will be Katy, Texas.
So why did Hurricane Harvey happen? Scripture says in Ecclesiastes 7:14, “When hard times strike, realize that both come from God. Remember that nothing is certain in this life.” God allowed, if not, brought this hurricane to us. But, why would God do this? I could speculate but that is all that it would be. Truly, only God knows why. The important thing is our response.
So how can you help? (1) Pray! Pray that those in despair would not despair of life. Satan would love for people to lose hope and begin killing themselves. Pray that this does not happen but that God brings hope to the lost and hurting. Remember, this Wednesday we have our first Wednesday of the month where we have potluck, praise and prayer. Come and join us! (2) Give! I realize that you have already been asked to give by many others, both individuals and organizations, but much is needed. You can give of your time, talent and treasure (money). All is needed to help restore Texas. If you choose to give to us be do indicate this on your offering envelope or through PayPal. (3) Join us in Katy, Texas and anywhere else we may go. Specific information will soon be available so that you can sign up and commit to helping. (4) Do not give up. This will be a long process and what is needed is a long obedience in the same direction!
Beloved, God will be glorified and Texas will be restored in Jesus Name!
I pray that you will have a blessed week! I love you and I will be praying for you!
In Jesus’ Name,