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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

"As The Whirlwind Passeth"

Rules for Rearing Children - 2"As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation."
Proverbs 10:25



Seven years ago, Hurricane Katrina was blowing its way on to Mississippi shores.  I can recall seeing the first images coming out of Gulfport, Biloxi, Bay St. Louis and Pass Christian.  I didn't know those places well since I did not live in Mississippi, but my heart went out to those affected by the storm.  Of course, New Orleans took the limelight when the levees failed, and those who refused to evacuate became the focus of a monumental rescue operation.  I soon marveled at how quickly a President could become victim of others’ poor decisions.  What a revelation of the American welfare state!  Many were helpless on their own, and entirely dependent on the Federal Government for help.  Needless to say, Hurricane Katrina left a massive amount of destruction in its wake.

As I write this, Tropical Storm Isaac is a few hours from landfall and preparations are underway. Many have loaded up on water, batteries, and other necessities to ride out this storm.  Generators are fueled and serviced, and yards have been picked up and lawn furniture stored.  All eyes are watching as Isaac blows in on the Gulf Coast.

God knows all about hurricanes.  "Out of the south cometh the whirlwind: and cold out of the north" Job 37:9.  They come out of the south and "the whirlwind passeth" (Proverbs 10:25).  In other words, they blow in, blow up, and blow over.  A whirlwind causes a great stir for a little while, and can cause a large amount of damage and leave behind chaos and havoc.  But then it is gone.  The same is true of the wicked.  But the righteous has an age-abiding foundation.  He outlasts the storm!

Sennacherib, the wicked Assyrian king, brought his armies against Philistia and Phoenicia and dominated them.  City after city fell to the awful atrocities of his wicked men.  Soon King Hezekiah, the godly Judean king, was paying tribute to Sennacherib.

News came to Sennacherib that Egypt was trying to revolt, so he marched off to destroy them. However, since he could not leave a powerful enemy behind him to cut off his supplies, he sent armies to order a complete surrender of Jerusalem.  The whirlwind that had destroyed the countryside was now blowing in on Hezekiah.  But as the tempest howled around the walls of Jerusalem, Hezekiah's case seemed desperate.  Then God acted!  In one night, an angel killed 185,000 soldiers with the plague.  The Assyrians fled, never to return.  Sennacherib was eventually murdered by two of his sons (see 2 Kings 18:13-19:37).

Trust God to be an everlasting foundation.  As this storm blows through, remember that the wicked’s days are numbered!  They too shall pass away, and our Foundation is forever!  "As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation" Proverbs 10:25.


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Previous devotions

"In HIS Time" - August 22, 2012
"Happy Are Ye" - August 15, 2012
"By the Word of God" - August 8, 2012
"Well Done" - August 1, 2012
"Bearing His Death" - July 25, 2012
"Down By The Riverside" - July 11, 2012

"Thank You, Jesus!" - July 4, 2012
"Modern Day Sodom" - June 27, 2012
"Keeping What Has Been Committed" - June 13, 2012
"The Pause That Refreshes" - June 6, 2012

"The Sin of Idleness" - May 30, 2012
"Remembered" - May 23, 2012

"Graduating Diamonds" - May 16, 2012
"Mom-Others" - May 9, 2012
True Motherhood - May 2, 2012

What Missions Means to Me - April 25, 2012
The King and the Witch - April 18, 2012

Rules for Rearing Children (Part 4) - April 11, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 3) - April 4, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 2) - March 28, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 1) - March 21, 2012

Gullible Christians - March 14, 2012
Tenacity - March 7, 2012
Above the Storm - February 29, 2012
The Principal Thing - February 22, 2012
The Greatest Valentine - February 15, 2012
He First Loved Us - February 8, 2012
Real Love - February 1, 2012
Pardon Your Enemies - January 25, 2012
Applause - January 18, 2012
Finish! - January 11, 2012
Meeting New Goals - January 4, 2012
Meeting New Goals - December 28, 2011
The Word Made Flesh - December 21, 2011
Sonship - December 14, 2011
Fruit in Old Age - December 7, 2011
Dangers of Multi-tasking - November 30, 2011
Ingratitude - November 22, 2011
"Wash! Wash! Wash!" - November 16, 2011
"The Pastor" - November 9, 2011
"Value of a Name" - November 2, 2011

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