There is one description you can never use of yourself in the storms of life: alone. At 6:42pm on April 8, 1998, an F-5 tornado roared through the property of the Open Door Church near Birmingham, Alabama.  Pastor Rick Cooper and his church members did not have time to get home before the tornado hit the building, so they took cover in a hall on the church’s lower level. While everyone lined the hallway and held hands, the school children sang “Jesus Loves the Little Children”.

When the powerful tornado had left, everything but the hallway full of people had been destroyed. The roof had been ripped off, the upper floor collapsed, and at least two of the outside walls fell down. 12 people were injured, but miraculously, everyone survived the storm. What’s even more amazing is the fact that the children said they saw angels protecting them in the middle of the storm—and they had to get more help. You can’t help but look at this story and say that God was with these people.

No matter how bad a situation looks, God is always with us. Jesus knew what it was like to be forsaken by His friends and family. On the cross, God the Father even turned away from Him. But when He arose from the dead, He promised to be with us always, “even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:20).

Do you feel forsaken in your storm? Are you afraid of going through the hardship, bearing the burden, and doing what is right—alone? You may have seen close friends or relatives turn on you. Maybe people in your church have turned against you because they don’t understand your situation. Remember that God knows and cares about what you’re facing today. He promises that you will never be alone.

God tries our faith so that we may try His faithfulness. — Unknown Author

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder