We've all been stunned by the images coming out of Haiti over the last few days, and like most of you we have struggled to articulate our thoughts and been desperate to know how to help.
At a time like this it's vital to get our theology right. Did God cause this to happen to Haiti? No. But it is part of the consequence of living in a fallen world. Does he stand idly by watching devastation and suffering? No. He's present in the suffering, bringing hope, compassion and comfort to those who suffer, to those who mourn and to those who minister to the broken. It's in the darkest places that the light of Jesus can shine the brightest.
We turned our devotions tonight over to interceding on behalf of the people of Haiti and used 2 Corinthians 1.3-4 as our focus verses:
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
We simply prayed that our Lord would be the Father of Compassion and the God of all Comfort to Haiti right now. We specifically prayed for Mark Stuart, from Audio Adrenaline, who has been in Haiti throughout this traumatic week visiting the Hands and Feet Children's home.
If you haven't contributed to a Haiti disaster relief fund you can do so through World Vision along with many Third Day fans. We believe we will hear many miraculous stories of God at work in Haiti in the coming days.