Summary: Many feel that the hurricane which struck the South was a punishment from God. We must never be quick to judge in these situations. Yet, there are lessons we can learn from storms like Katrina.
Lessons from Katrina
Introduction: Many people feel that the devastating hurricane which struck the South was a punishment from God leveling charges against those impacted by the storm. We must never be quick to judge in these situations. However, there are several lessons we can learn from Katrina that apply to man and his response to God working in his life.
I. The Signs of the Coming Storm
A. On Wednesday August 24, meteorologists began warning that the eleventh named tropical storm of the season, Katrina had passed over the Bahamas and was headed for the United States. At that time scientists discerned that the storm had the potential of being devastating.
B. On Saturday August 27,the National Hurricane center advised the following: “KATRINA IS EXPECTED TO BE AN INTENSE AND DANGEROUS HURRICANE HEADING TOWARD THE NORTH CENTRAL GULF COAST...AND THIS HAS TO BE TAKEN VERY SERIOUSLY.”
C. Discern the skies.
D. Luke 12:54-56: "Then He also said to the multitudes, ’Whenever you see a cloud rising out of the west, immediately you say, ’A shower is coming’; and so it is. And when you see the south wind blow, you say, ’There will be hot weather’; and there is. Hypocrites! You can discern the face of the sky and of the earth, but how is it you do not discern this time?"
E. Just as the Old Testament is saturated with prophecies concerning Christ’s first advent, both testaments are filled with references to the Scond Cming of Christ. One scholar has estimated that there are 1,845 references to Christ’s Second Coming in the Old Testament, where 17 books give it prominence. In the 260 chapters of the New Testament, there are 318 references to the second advent of Christ; an amazing 1 out of every 30 verses. Twenty-three of the 27 New Testament books refer to this great event. For every prophecy in the Bible concerning Christ’s first advent, there are eight which look forward to His second! – Today in the Word
F. The signs are there; the Lord is Coming and when He comes He brings judgment with Him.
G. Jude 14-15: "Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, ’Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him"
II. The Call to Prepare for the Coming Storm
A. On Wednesday, August 24, the American Red Cross urged Area residents to start planning now in case any evacuations are issued, and begin preparing for an emergency.
B. On Sunday the National Hurricane Center stated: A HURRICANE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR THE NORTH CENTRAL GULF COAST FROM MORGAN CITY LOUISIANA EASTWARD TO THE ALABAMA/FLORIDA BORDER...INCLUDING THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS AND LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN. A HURRICANE WARNING MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS. PREPARATIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY SHOULD BE RUSHED TO COMPLETION.