This “Pastoral Perspective” article I just wrote this evening for a Kansas paper. The hard part about it that they only give 500 words to make a point.
Pastoral Perspective (Nov. 2016)
During the course of life storms will eventually arise and either happen to us or to our loves ones. Frankly, some storms can be very scary and even cause great fear and trepidation, even to the children of God.
We live in a uncertain world. Tomorrow is promised to no one and the planet is getting darker every moment. In many ways Godly morals seem to be a thing of the past in this nation. Television is used to sell certain products and productions through fear. Not to mention that we are currently in a cycle of presidential election (in the United States) that the candidates claim there will be doom and gloom if the other side is elected.
Let us look at Luke 8 when Jesus and His disciples where in a boat going to the other side. Let’s pick up in verse 23, “But as they were sailing along He fell asleep; and a fierce gale of wind descended on the lake, and they began to be swamped and to be in danger. They came to Jesus and woke Him up, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And He got up and rebuked the wind and the surging waves, and they stopped, and it became calm. And He said to them, “Where is your faith?” (NASB).
It’s important to mention right here that in the amplified version of the bible, when Jesus was asking His disciples that question He was referring to where was their faith in Him. To be said simply, why did they not trust Him during that storm?
Some may say they were in grave danger and the bible even admits that they were, but remember that we as believers and children of God we do not live only by our senses and perception of what is taking place in life. No, we are told many times over in the bible to not be afraid and have faith and trust in God.
Let us learn this lesson and do not make the same mistake that the disciples made. These situations are shared for us to learn from and grow. Let’s not focus on the dangerous storms, but focus and consider God in the midst knowing that some how or some way whether we see it or not, He will get us through to the other side.
Jesus told his disciples they were going to the other side and that’s what exactly happened. (He said this truth before the storm ever rose up.)
So do not be dismayed, trust and believe in God. Search the scriptures with a hunger and desire to know what God is saying. This is so important for us to know as His children.
Do not be alarmed when storms arise, they will. Consider and focus on Him so that trust and faith will rise up bigger than the storms. Stand up and believe God. Never give into fear again. Trust in what God said not what the storm is saying.
Matthew A. Reed
Open Door Fellowship – Denver
Praise Fellowship Church – Ransom