Nine years ago, I wrote an article titled, " Some Things A Furious Woman Can Teach Us ." The furious woman was Opal. Those of us who experienced Opal knew what could be in store for us with Ivan. Nahum 1:2-3 states, "God is jealous; the LORD will take vengeance on His adversaries, and He reserveth wrath for His enemies. The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath His way in the whirlwind and in the storm , and the clouds are the dust of His feet." It should be noticed that God is in control of the weather and has a design and purpose for everything that happens on earth. Storms have many effects on people. Some will be drawn closer to the LORD and others will harden their hearts and become bitter and alienated. Some will look back at Ivan and see a senseless destructive storm that brought danger, destruction and death, a destroyer of dreams. Others will see Ivan as a storm that God used to get their attention and turn their hearts toward things beyond this world. Here are some of the many lessons we can learn from Ivan:
- We can learn that life is a vapour and eternal life is the only permanent thing you and I have on earth if we are saved. James 4:14; 2 Cor. 4:15-18; 1 John 5:12
- We can learn that Family and Friends are more important than finances. Prov. 11:4; 11:28; Prov.23:5 Relationships are more important than riches and riches will not weep over our casket. """"
- We can learn that what we waste a lifetime collecting can be scattered and shattered in a few minutes. Job's attitude was seen in 1:21 "The LORD gave and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD." Prov. 27:24 states, "Riches are not forever." Make sure you are not spending your life away for things you cannot keep. Luke 12:15.
- We can learn that sometimes God has to bring us back to basics in order to show us what is important. 1 Tim. 6:8 states, "And having food and raiment, let us be therewith content." V6-7 says, "But Godliness with contentment is great gain, For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out." Sadly, many were so attached to their things that they stayed behind to protect them and lost their lives.
- We can learn that when our Christian life becomes stagnant, backslidden, cold and lifeless, it may take a storm to bring us back to a vibrant, serious, dedicated Christian life.
- Finally, I am sure that there will be people who will turn to the LORD because of Ivan who would never have come to know Christ in calm weather. Whatever the result, "The LORD hath His way in the whirlwind and in the storm." Nahum 1:2-3