Its path hit less than a half mile away from my house. That's how close I was to the tornado that destroyed parts of Pensacola this past week. I had never heard the sound of a tornado until then, but I assure you, the sound was unforgettable.
As my family and I huddled in the bathroom, we hardly expected a tornado to come so close. Right beforehand, our electricity went out. At the forefront of my mind was, “How long can we entertain our one-year-old with a flashlight?” Then, the sound of strong wind, similar to the sound of a jet engine, overrode all other noises.
My husband and I exchanged glances and said a prayer with our family. We sang songs together, and then we waited. Once the sound of the storm quieted down, we later began to hear loud sirens throughout the area.
But as for us, we survived the tornado.
Our house remained intact.
We are thankful beyond measure.
The next morning, as I surveyed the aftermath, I was reminded of Psalm 29. Have you read it? Let me share parts of it with you. In verses 3-9, (NIV) it says:
“The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is majestic.
The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
Sirion like a young wild ox.
The voice of the Lord strikes with flashes of lightening.
The voice of the Lord shakes the desert;
the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh.
The voice of the Lord twists the oaks and strips the forests bare.
And in his temple all cry, 'Glory!'"
God's voice is more powerful than a tornado.
Now, imagine standing before God's presence. Our minds can't fathom his greatness, but we know, his voice alone is stronger than a powerful storm.
This week, we begin a four-week Bible study that will lead us to Easter Sunday. We are headed into the Old Testament book of Leviticus, where we will learn how life was like for the Israelites before Christ came. Specifically, we will read about the requirements God set in approaching him and making atonement for sins. As I read about the Most Holy Place, I will most definitely be thinking about Psalm 29 and my experience with the tornado.
I pray you will be encouraged to join in the study for the week. Yes, Leviticus can be a difficult book to understand, but I assure you, God's Word is alive an active, (Hebrews 4:12). He will reveal more of who he is to you when you read his Word. My prayer is we would all gain a greater appreciation for Christ's sacrifice and resurrection as a result of this four-week study.
Let's begin with a verse from Monday's passage. Please click here for this week's reading guide.
“The Lord said to Moses: 'Tell your brother Aaron not to come whenever he chooses into the Most Holy Place behind the curtain in front of the atonement cover on the ark, or else he will die, because I appear in the cloud over the atonement cover.'” Leviticus 16:2, NIV
As you read this verse, consider this question:
What does this verse reveal about God's character?
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