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And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall. (Helaman 5:12)

We need no longer look for the day when the whirlwind will come. The “breezes” of evil, which we have tolerated and even embraced as a society for so long, have passed rapidly into gale force winds. Even now, they are heightened into the dread and long predicted whirlwind.

Satan’s whirlwinds are not some future event. They are here, now, in this very hour in which we live.

As I ponder the evils of this day and the challenges our country is facing, I hear this truth in my mind:

The time has passed when we can turn to lesser gods, to stop-gap measures (such as our possessions, positions, appearances, or addictions) for our strength and comfort.

The time has passed when anything less than a personal knowledge of the true and living God will suffice.

At times, I can imagine this scene in my mind’s eye, people being reaped by this whirlwind, even as fields of corn or grain may be reaped by a tornado or hurricane. Those who have stubbornly insisted on centering their roots of affection and focus in anything or anyone besides the Lord Himself will be no more (Proverbs 10:25).

Even those who do turn to Him will be thrashed about and beaten, much like our gardens during a violent summer storm.  The good news is, that while they may be buffeted, they will not be uprooted. They will live—either on this side of the veil or the other—to recover and to be present when the sun (Son) bursts forth at the end of this darkening storm.

This is my experience, my strength and my hope, and it is firmly planted in the Lord, Jesus Christ. May I share with you my absolute witness of His Power and His Love, and its availability to all of us, under all circumstances.

There is no darkness that Christ’s Power and Love cannot penetrate (Alma 5:7).

There is no storm He cannot calm (Mark 4: 35–41).

When we turn toward the light of honesty, we automatically begin to come unto Him who is our shelter in any storm.

 

~Colleen H.

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