Summary: Disasters show up, Nature shows up, human sprit shows up , and God shows when we needed the most.
IN the text today we note that God shows up no matter what the circumstance may be. After the tornado that struck Oklahoma we understand the horrific-ness a storm like this can produce. The storm ruins, harms, wounds and kills life. Let is consider some of the following:
1. Disasters will Show Up like they did in Bible times
A. We recall the Great Deluge or The Flood
B. The Earth Opens up and swallows men whole
C. Serpents of fire kill many Israelites
D. Philistines after stealing the ark numerous tragedies befall them and they are infected with tumors
E. The angel of death goes through the Assyrian army killing 180,000 as they attempted to invade the godly King
F. The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah are destroyed by fire and brimstone from heaven
G. Flip on TV . Scenes from around the world flash across the screen. In the Middle East, a bomb explodes and a building
collapses. Bodies lie in the gutter . Women howl with anguish over their dead.
2. Not only can disasters show up, but Nature can show up in devastating ways
A. Earthquakes happen, Flood kill an average of 140 people per year 6 billion dollars in damages
B. Hurricanes Landsides and Mudslides cause 50-75 deaths per year
C. Tsunamis Volcanoes National Geographic estimated 260,000 people have died because volcanoes over the past 300 years
D. Tornadoes National Geographic claim cause 80 deaths per year and 1500 injured because of Tornadoes.
3. When Nature Shows UP, Human kindness will show up as God intended us to be
A. Communities will show up The best in the human spirit will show up
:Rhonda Crosswhite, a sixth-grade teacher at the Plaza Towers Elementary School, shielded three kids with her own body, shouting over the roaring twister that everything would be okay as debris pelted her back. “It just started coming down so I just laid on top of some of them,” she said on NBC's “Today.” “One of my little boys kept saying, 'I love you! I love you! Please don't die with me,'” Crosswhite, 44, said, still breathless the morning after the storm. One of the students Crosswhite shielded, fourth-grader Damian Britton, said the tornado “sounded like a train coming by.” “A teacher covered us - Ms. Crosswhite,” Damian said on the show. “I told her we were fine because we were holding onto something. Then she went over to my friend Antonio and covered him. So she saved our lives.”
B. What’s really important in life will show up, neighbors helping neighbors will show up "love your neighbor as yourself will show up"
The story of man whose house was not badly damaged ran to help others
C. People holding each other with loving arms will show up. Story of Big Dog and little dog Black boy and white man best of friends
the boy 8-9 years old the white man shows before the parents do and they just embrace
D. Gifts and Giving will Show up UMCOR, Your apportioned dollars are right their
E. Rediscovered Faith will show up Many will rediscover their Faith
4. When Nature Shows Up, Human Kindness Shows UP, and God shows Up
A. Hagar needed God when she and her son were left in the wilderness
God showed up and pointed them in the direction of a well.
B. When the people in the wilderness needed bread God shows up with Manna (bread
C. When they need meat God showed up with Quail
D. God showed up when we needed Salvation
The angel said to Joseph what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him
the name JesusC because he will save his people from their sins."
John the Baptizer said, Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of this world.
Luke says, 12Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."
Hebrews says salvation in Christ has shown up so consider the thought recorded in
Hebrews , 2:3how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation?