Praying for those in Hurricane Sandy

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Severe weather expected. Schools closed. Evacuations. Flooding. Probable life-threatening storm surges. Hurricane Sandy is gaining strength and barreling towards the East Coast.  Already the storm has hit the Caribbean and there are 67 dead includijng 51 in Haiti. Further impact of this storm is likely to be great and far reaching.

My family in particular is hunkering down at home preparing for the imminent hit of the storm.  I request that all those who read this or know those who may be impacted by the storm to please pray for the safety of those along Sandy's path.

Upon watching the news of Sandy I got to thinking of the various scriptures in the Bible on storms. Often times it takes a storm for people to remember who the great God is and what He controls. Ezekiel 13:13 Ezekiel 13:13Therefore thus said the Lord GOD; I will even rend it with a stormy wind in my fury; and there shall be an overflowing shower in my anger, and great hailstones in my fury to consume it.
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states that God can show His anger in such storms, “‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: In my wrath I will unleash a violent wind, and in my anger hailstones and torrents of rain will fall with destructive fury." Weather posts mention the wrath of Sandy but I think to myself perhaps this is the wrath of God.  Can such wrath be avoided?

Proverbs 1:25-29 Proverbs 1:25-29 [25] But you have set at nothing all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: [26] I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear comes; [27] When your fear comes as desolation, and your destruction comes as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish comes on you. [28] Then shall they call on me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: [29] For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:
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talks about a time when "terror comes like a storm,and your destruction comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you." Why would these things happen? Verse 29 says "because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord." Can we say that we are seeking the right kind of knowledge, God's knowledge found in the Bible? Do we have a true reverence and awe for God Almighty, the ruler of all hurricanes and storms? If the answer is no, then now is the time to open up your Bible and start reading, now is the time to learn about who controls the weather.

For those facing the storm, keep in mind the story in Matthew 8. The disciples were afraid and thought they were going to die in a storm out at sea but Christ tells them, " Why are you cowardly, you people of little faith?" Christ rebuked the wind and then there was dead calm (Matthew 8:23-27 Matthew 8:23-27 [23] And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him. [24] And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, so that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. [25] And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. [26] And he said to them, Why are you fearful, O you of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. [27] But the men marveled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!
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). Remember, God controls the weather.  Lastly, "The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him" (Nahum 1:7 Nahum 1:7The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knows them that trust in him.
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, ESV).

For all those caught in the storm, we are praying for you!