The Wind Storm

November 5, 2020
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In western North America this past summer, wildfires devastated nearly four million acres of forests, burned 8,200 structures, and killed 31 people. One day, our weather forecasters warned that high winds were likely to exacerbate these fires because of the already very hot, tinder-dry conditions. As predicted, unusually high winds gusted throughout the night. But greater fire danger was not the only result.

The next morning, I went out for a neighbourhood walk and was not surprised to see broken branches and twigs littering sidewalks here and there along the way. One badly damaged tree particularly caught my attention. As I got closer, I saw that the tree had nearly split in two, exposing the heart of the tree. While the remaining trunk and branches looked strong and sturdy on the outside, a rotten, pithy core was now clearly visible. While a strong, healthy tree could have withstood the buffeting of the strong winds, this tree with its rotten heart could not stand undamaged.

The storms of life can reveal not only what kind of foundation we have chosen to build our lives on, but also what is at the centre of our lives. We may appear to be strong and confident on the outside, but when winds of disaster swirl around us, our support begins to crumble, and our true inner core is revealed.

Jeremiah 17:9 – The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? (NLT)

Our heavenly Father knows our heart condition, and if we allow Him, He will replace our sinful heart with a heart that is pleasing to Him.

Ezekiel 36:26 – And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. (NLT)

First, He will cleanse our hearts when we come to Him in faith, believing that Jesus paid the penalty for our sin through His death and resurrection. Then, this newly tenderized heart will result in a totally new way of living as we seek to obey and honour Him in all of our ways.

Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, You have offered to give each of us a new heart when we come to You in faith. Please draw us close to You and move us to yield our hearts to You in complete surrender. May our God-pleasing words and actions reveal to everyone around us the result of our new hearts. Amen.


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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen, Gail.


    Dear Gail,
    A very encouraging devotional and especially now when we are going through unusual times. Thank you for sharing.


    So true Gail. And truth matters! As it seems to be in Canada, truth has been shadowed in political correctness because truth jabs the heart, soul, and mind.
    Blessings.


    Hi Gail, l really enjoyed today’s devotional. Thank you for the reminder of the new hearts we receive in Christ and the importance of renewing them by seeking closeness with our Father.
    Blessings.


    Thank you. I read this with wild and yet mild winds blustering through BC. Great sound effects for your devotion!
    Praying for you, your city, your country. May the storms around us soften and purify the hearts of God’s people and turn the hearts of many toward Him.


    We also see trees built to bend with the strong winds and survive. Thanks for sharing.


    Hi Gail,
    You reminded me of a few years ago when we had a large branch on a large
    Maple tree break and fall on our house.
    We were lucky that the tree branch was full of leaves as they stopped the branch from breaking through the roof.
    I kept thinking how blessed we were that this happened in the summer. Had it happened in the winter the branch would have smashed through the roof.
    Thank you for reminding me of that summer day.


    Yes, Gail, may our lives reflect Jesus in our core, and not the rot of sin. Thanks for sharing. Blessings.

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