Monday, February 8, 2010

There is a Storm Coming

"Right now I am storm-tossed. And what am I going to say? 'Father, get me out of this'? No, this is why I came in the first place. I'll say, 'Father, put your glory on display.'" A voice came out of the sky: "I have glorified it, and I'll glorify it again." John 12:27

Are you in the midst of a storm? What are the seas like in your life right now? Are the waters nice and calm, and you are enjoying smooth sailing?

Be on guard. The storm will come. The storms and trials of life come to us all. God allows them to strengthen us and bring glory to Him. He never promised us calm seas all the time—they are a blessing to have when we need rest, but we don’t learn much about persevering when there is no challenge to get through. When our boat is sailing along on water smooth as glass, there is no opportunity to sharpen our skills and learn how to maneuver in rough seas.

It’s the crashing waves and tossing wind that really gets our attention. This is when we need to know how to steer the boat. A fierce storm can arise at any moment—catching us off guard. If we have used our time of rest to prepare for it, we will be better equipped to take the helm with confidence.

Use your time wisely when you are in between storms. Search the word of God and pray. Let Him teach you what you need to survive the next storm. Yes, it will come. Don’t be the one whose boat is capsized by it. The Lord is always willing and ready to guide us through our trials, and if we are caught unaware, He still provides a lifeline.

Don’t take your smooth sailing for granted. Be on your guard.

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