Karen and I have made all the necessary preparations for hurricane Dorian. It has now been upgraded to a Category 4 Hurricane. The news reports say that this possibly will be the storm of a generation for the state of Florida, as the storms path is projected to cover the entire state.

Yet, as we sit in our living room, drinking coffee, and reading God’s Word, we look out upon the sunshine with a beautiful blue sky. How can the storm of a generation be almost upon us?

This made me think about the times in life when a great trial is right around the corner. We are totally unaware of it, although we know that trials are a part of life. In the midst of the calm we are currently experiencing we feel the sunshine will continue indefinitely. So, how do we stay in a position of readiness so that the storms of life do not take us by surprise?

God has given us common sense, and the wisdom and experience of others who have gone through the storms before us. We need to heed this wisdom and advice. To ignore it is to turn our back on God’s provision for our protection. We also need to place our full and complete trust in the protection and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Even when the storms of life are raging, He can calm the storm with but one word. We may not see everything calm around us, but in the midst of the storm we can always see Jesus!

  • “You made him lower than the angels for a short time; you crowned him with glory and honor and subjected everything under his feet. For in subjecting everything to him, he left nothing that is not subject to him. As it is, we do not yet see everything subjected to him. But we do see Jesus — made lower than the angels for a short time so that by God’s grace he might taste death for everyone — crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death.” Hebrews 2:7-9 CSB

Lord, help me to see Jesus!

In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy-to-follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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  1. Robert Chamberlain says:

    Praying that God keeps you safe, and that the church is mobilised for the recovery effort!


  2. Homer Les says:

    “We may not see everything calm around us, but in the midst of the storm we can always see Jesus!”

    As a veteran of enduring many spiritual hurricanes this is very true. Takes time however to gain that sight but it eventually becomes true.

    Homer Les


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