The recent historic storms in Virginia can be measured by the enormous amount of lives, property, and possessions lost. Meteorologists are calling it the 1000-year storm – the mother of all storms. Alerts were sent out preparing people for the pending raging waters that could inflict damage upon their homes. Citizens were given the opportunity to gather sandbags and plastic sheets to brace their doorways and windows from the fury of the pending storms.

In California, wildfires rage as several communities have posted evacuation notices for everyone to clear out. Fire crews and equipment from around the nation have been assembled to combat the flames fanned by high wind and fueled by tender-dry brush and landscapes. Like in the days of the Oakland Hill fires, too many people living in rural areas did not heed the advice of the Fire Marshalls to clear a fire break next to their homes before fire season.

Just a few months ago, most of the families impacted by these two major events were clueless that these events would change the course of their lives. Like many of us, they were preparing for a delightful summer that included BBQ’s, gatherings, and plenty of laughter. Spring house cleaning and yard clean-up projects were part of the plans to prepare for a fun-filled summer. Sadly, the storms and fires destroyed many homes and too many lives.

These stories are a reminder to those of us who might get caught un-prepared to deal with Satan’s attacks, or sin in our lives. The Lord tells us that Satan moves about like a roaring lion looking for whom he might devour. 1 Peter 5:8 It is true that the tempter comes like a thief to steal away our peace and joy. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I (Christ) have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10

Satan seeks to kill our soul, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28

As believers, we are to prepare our hearts and be ready for the stormy ways of the wicked one. When we see the hot embers of sin coming our way the best thing to do is to remember God’s word and take the appropriate action to overcome evil. “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13 A modern day paraphrase might be “Run Baby Run!”

In a similar manner to the storms and wild fires, sin can destroy things that are seemingly in good order. The effort to clean up after Satan has had his way with us is often more painful than the initial event. Keep strong my friends.

Personal Application:

What are the storms in your life? How can you conquer these attacks as you press into God’s word: 1 Thess. 5:11, 2 Cor. 4:17, Ps. 23:4, Ps. 46:1?

Each of us have someone (pastor, mentor, teacher, or friend) who can help us through the trials, temptations, and difficulties before us. Contact someone and share your challenges.

How are you preparing for the storms that may come?

Jim Grassi, D. Min.