By Kerusso Founder and CEO Vic Kennett
Jesus tells us in the New Testament that “the thief” (not God) comes to steal, kill, and destroy – and that He (Jesus) came so that we may have life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows!)
When disaster strikes or personal circumstances are especially challenging, you may cry out in frustration, “God, where are you in all of this?” Rest assured – He is there. He hears your prayers, He knows your heart, and He knows exactly what you face. Even and especially in the midst of trouble, almighty God is there beside you, and He will not forsake you.
Do not assign blame in the direction of your Savior. Rather, praise God in all things, for it is by Him, through Him, and from Him that every blessing flows. When darkness falls, praise His holy name. During the storm, praise His holy name. When strength fails you, even then, praise His holy name.
God is the very author of creation, and amid our trials, we choose to thank Him for guiding our footsteps and giving us courage every step of the way.
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Over the weekend, massive storms flooded our area of Arkansas and caused damage to the offices of Kerusso. By God’s grace, many things occurred that kept the damage from being much worse.
God is so good!
As soon as the flooding was discovered on Saturday afternoon by a painting crew that just happened to be working in the building (thank you God, for your good timing!), they alerted me to the situation, and a team of Kerusso early responders sprang into action and joined me to contain and mitigate the flow that was headed further into the building.
A team of about sixteen, including our dedicated painters, revved up shop vacs and brooms, hauled sandbags, undertook the massive task of unclogging the overflowing culvert, and prayed. By 11 p.m. on Saturday evening, the last of the crew called it a night, weary in body but confident in spirit that God would continue to redeem the situation.
God answers prayer!
Due to the amount of water that came through the office, the space had to emptied of all belongings, furniture, and dividers - a lot of stuff! Once again, Team Kerusso responded to the call; on Sunday, about 25 people came in to pack up and clear out cubicles and furniture to another building.
God’s people are steadfast.
What now? God will restore! Kerusso team members who normally work out of the affected building are ready to go this morning. Some have moved to different offices on campus and some will work from home. We will renovate the office and put it back together, even better than it was!
Thank you, God, for always being a good and restoring God!
Thank you, Holy Spirit, for being our teacher, our comfort, and our guide!
Thank you, Jesus, that you came to bring us abundant life!
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Friends, God is not the author of theft, death, or destruction! That’s the thief’s work. If we ever get confused about who should get “the credit” for stealing, killing, and destroying, we just need to remember Jesus’ words in John 10:10, and let him straighten out our thinking.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
– John 10:10
For information on how to help individuals and families impacted by the recent storms and flooding in our area of the country, contact the Greater Arkansas Chapter of the Red Cross.