Archive for March, 2012
Maybe God has caused a storm in your life just so you will invite Jesus Christ into your craft. I don’t know. But it wouldn’t surprise me, especially in a crowd this size.
Storms come in various forms. Life is a mall of squalls. This past week, I was thinking and praying about this message. I thought about this: the evil one doesn’t care if we learn that life is a mall of squalls. He doesn’t care if we learn the fact that storms come in various forms. It’s no skin off his back. He doesn’t care if we learn all about the Bible. That’s not a big deal to him. You can learn this and learn that. You can learn about all the different little nuances in this story about Jesus being on board the craft and the disciples still dealing with fear and doubt. He says, “fine and dandy. Good for you.”
I’ll tell you what makes the evil one mad. I’ll tell you what wakes him up and gives him the octane to attack you and me. It’s when we translate our learning into living. He doesn’t want us to change our lives. He doesn’t want us to bow the knee to Christ. He doesn’t want us to say, “Jesus, You navigate, You run the show, You take me through the storm. I’ve learned it, now I’m going to live it out.” That is what the evil one does not want to happen.
Amazingly, when storms strike—little storms, small storms, or hurricane-type storms—here’s what we do. We have this rrrrr-eaction. I’ve done this and so have you. We’ve rrrrr-eacted. When the storm strikes, instead of really translating our learning into living, we run from the storm. We jump into our little craft, our little dingy, and crank up the motor. “See ya’ storm! I’ll run from you. I’ll have a storm-free life.” That won’t happen.