The California Wildfires
Wildfires have been ravaging California, already killing 63 people, with hundreds more missing and feared dead. This is already the deadliest fire in the state’s history. The images are shocking. People suddenly became trapped in their homes or in their vehicles as they tried to flee. Many others reported coming within just a few feet of being completely engulfed by flames, only narrowly escaping due to the timely arrival of first responders and good Samaritans. In Paradise, a small city in northern California, hardly a building is still standing.
These horrific scenes are vivid evidence that our world is not as it was meant to be. When Adam and Even sinned against God, this act unleashed both moral evil and natural evils, like forest fires, into God’s good creation. As the Apostle Paul said, since the Fall “the whole creation has been groaning” (Rom 8:22). Sometimes this groaning becomes almost unbearable. But there is hope. God hears our groanings and has answered them decisively in Jesus Christ. He will resurrect our bodies, even those burned and destroyed, to better-than-new condition.
God, we ask that you would protect the lives of those still in harm’s way in California. Let the weather conditions be favorable for controlling the blaze, so that the fires can be contained and put out. Please use your church to bring comfort to those who have lost loved ones and to provide for those who have lost their homes and possessions. Point people toward the hope found in our bodily resurrection, through faith in Jesus Christ.
Dr. Robert Jeffress is a best-selling author of 25 books, a nationally and internationally syndicated TV and radio host and the senior pastor of First Baptist Dallas, one of the largest and most influential churches in America. Pathway to Victory, Dr. Jeffress’ broadcast ministry, airs daily nationwide on more than 900 radio stations and is broadcast live to 195 countries. His latest book, Choosing the Extraordinary Life: God’s 7 Secrets for Success and Significance, is available in bookstores everywhere. He is an evangelical adviser to the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump.
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