Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 by Michael Elkins in

DEVASTATION: the state of being decayed or destroyed. (

With all the recent events taking place, in Alabama and Missouri, it is hard not to think about devastation.  It is all around us.  The thing is, we will have to at some point deal with devastation.  Why?  Because it is inevitable and we all must face this reality.  Maybe you haven't been through a devastating tornado, or other natural disaster, but what was the last natural disaster in your life?  Broken relationships, loss of people you hold dear, loneliness, illness, and the list goes on.  So, because devastation is inevitable, how do we handle it.  The Bible is full of examples of devastation, the entire book of Lamentations is all about it.  You have Job, who lost his family, farm, house, and health.  So what do you do when destructions smacks you in the face?
     As much as I wish it were is not.  It hurts, it causes pain, and it it is a process.  How did Job handle it?  His wife told him just to curse God and die, yet he didn't, he was patient, he asked God questions, and when God gave him answers...he listened.  Was it easy for him?  No.  Was it pain free?  No.  
     Philippians 4:13 states, "13 For I can do everything through Christ,t who gives me strength. "  This verse is not saying I could do anything and everything because God will not allow me to get hurt.  This verse translates, "I can endure everything, through Christ who gives me strength"  It is about enduring, not living a pain free life.  Think back to the times of your life when you saw growth, emotionally, spiritually, or relationally...what happened?  A lot of growth in life comes when we go through devastating times.  And usually, there is one reason...we change our dependency from ourselves to God.  It's like when we have nowhere else to go we are left with no other option than to turn to God.  So why not communicate with God throughout life, instead of when we are just at the end of our rope?  My encouragement is to endure and hold tight...cause life is bumpy.