by Moody Adams With all the death and destruction that a hurricane brings; there is also spiritual profit in the raging torrents.
David prayed, “LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am” (Psalms 39:4).
Nothing shows a man how frail he is with quite the effectiveness of a hurricane. The strongest man cannot stand or crawl in 145 mile-per-hour winds. Even Olympic champions cannot swim in the 15-30 feet water surges. The fastest fighter cannot defend himself against the flying debris and the falling buildings.
In the full fury of 200 mile-per-hour winds, hurricanes can sweep away the crops, the richest homes, the biggest businesses and the most important seats of government.
Hurricanes can turn the military’s highest performance planes, biggest battleships and mightiest missiles into rubble.
With one sweeping blow, a hurricane can drown a city beneath 10-20 feet of water, pollute its drinking water, fill its streets with deadly chemicals, sewage waste and slaughter its citizens.
But one great good can come from the hurricane’s many horrors. Hurricanes are man’s best and fastest teachers of man’s frailty. Frailty shows man that he is not self-sufficient; he needs the help of his fellowman; and above all he needs Jesus Christ.
While a hurricane can take away a man’s life and all he has acquired, the resurrected Christ can give eternal life and great riches that can never be taken away.
Jesus said, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal“ (Matthew 6:19-20).