Dark Clouds

Maybe these clouds are too dark.  Sometimes life seems like it will be darker than we will be able to handle.

This storm of whirling air blew in on Thursday.  At some point, all human life and human organizations experience severe turbulence.  These storms and sufferings in life are caused by sin.

Pride goes before a great fall because pride is unaware of the relentless corruption of sin.  (Proverbs 16:18-20).  We live in a world of make-believe where we often delude ourselves into thinking everything, even that which is evil, is good.  However, it is better to know and repent of sin, than through pride to be deceived and think that all is well, when all is far from well.  When a delusional blind man falls, he falls hard.

Jesus says, build on the rock so that when the storms of life come, we will stand the test.  (Matthew 7:24-27).  By building on the rock, he means that we should meditate on his word and receive his sacraments, so that they go down deep within us.  (Psalm 1:2-3).  The Lord’s word enlightens and enlivens, it changes who we are; and when we are changed, how we live is also changed.

The enemy is like a stealthy and anxious tiger.  His keen eyes burn with fear and hate, and he seeks to devour us.  (1 Peter 5:8).  Satan has asked to have us so that he might sift us all like wheat, but the Lord Jesus prays for us so that our faith will not fail.  (Luke 22:31-32).  The Good Shepherd reaches out his hand, and we are saved.  (Matthew 14:30-31).

The tiger is one of the few animals that will attack when it is afraid.  In part, this is what makes tigers so dangerous.  But even the tiger runs from the Good Shepherd.