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Hope In The Midst Of Destruction
By Bianca Stiers
Guest Columnist

To People affected by Hurricane Michael, Hurricane Florence, and anything else that has happened that has personally affected your life.

Psalm 46:11 (Niv)

"How abundant are the good things
    that you have stored up for those who fear you,that you bestow in the sight of all,on those who take refuge in you."

Most of us at some point in our life has experienced one of these anger, disappointment, discouragement, or loss. I know personally I have experienced all four. Sometimes we even asked the question Why? But in times like this its good to know the following 4 things:

1. The Love Of God.

2 scriptures to remember:
Psalm145:8(niv) " The Lord is gracious and compassionate slow to anger and rich in love"
Psalm 145:14(niv) " The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down."

God is a loving and compassionate God and he is very rich in love. He is there for us in our darkest times and he will lift you up out of your darkest time if you hope and trust in him. God is faithful and will do exactly what his word says he will do for you personally in your life. No matter how difficult it is or tough it is God knows, God Loves you enough to care about your situation.

2. Be Thankful For Something.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NKJV)
"In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

No matter how bad it is, there is something to be thankful for. If you are living and breathing be thankful for that. If you have a job, your own business be thankful for that. If you can see and hear be thankful for that. Because there is someone out there who cannot see or hear and only wish they could. Find something in your life to be thankful for. Even if you lost your home, car etc... Be thankful to God you are still alive. Your life is precious. If someone died and knew Jesus be thankful that they did know Jesus and be glad you will see them again very soon. It can be Difficult sometimes to find things to be thankful for in the midst of hardship and trouble because there is so much going on at one time, but God says do it regardless because it pleases him.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (NIV) "For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."

3. Believe For Restoration.

Job 42:12 (NKJV) “Now the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning.”

Some people might say that was for Job not for me. That is wrong. The same thing God did for Job, he can do it for you. Whatever you had before, God can place it with better, Much better.

Ephesians 3:20-21 (NKJV) "Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen."

God is more than able to do more than what we ask. Does that mean things will be restored immediately? No, not for everyone. It can take a period of time and that period of time can vary from person to person to situation to situation. But the point is God will restore if you trust in his faithfulness. That would include material things, joy, peace, a better relationship with God or someone else in your life, whatever it is God can and will restore if you truly believe that he will. And he will make your life better than it was before.

4. Caring For Others In Need.

James 2:15-17 (NKJV)
“If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”

I know in hardtimes it's good to know that people care. Not only God but people in your community or just people in general. If you have a shirt to give, then give that to someone in need, if someone needs a ride to a place then give them a ride. Shelter, food or whatever it is bless them. And its not always about just giving material things. Sometimes it might be a hug, a word of encouragement, but everyone has something to give to another. And what might seem like a small thing in your eyes might be a big thing for that person. It was just what they needed at the right time. People love to know that you care. And you don’t know all the time what is going through someone's mind. They may be at the point of hopelessness. So allow God to use you in that way and allow Jesus to shine through you.

God Bless You! And have Faith in God he is your strength and hope. Everything you need or will need is through him. It may come through someone else, He may send someone else to help, but it still originated from God. Trust in God’s guidance. Seek God out with All your heart.

Psalm 32:8 (NKJV)
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye.”

Bianca Stiers
Myrtle Beach, SC

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