Monday, January 31, 2011

The Storm is Coming!

As I write this article a winter storm approaches. As of this moment it is yet to be seen what this storm will bring. Last night on television one channel said we could have 15-20 inches of snow. Another channel said we would have 5-10 inches and possibly 12 in very isolated areas. The national weather service according to my iPhone App is claiming 4-8 inches. Another App says we will have 2-4 inches. It is obvious that the extent of this coming event will only be known after it passes. However, the grocery stores are packed with people preparing to be stuck in the house for months. Many are in the process of preparing for the worst while others are not worried at all. There will also be others who wait for the snow to start falling and then they will rush to the stores.

The disciples were stuck in a boat in the middle of the Sea of Galilee. The storm struck without warning and they were fighting for their life. The boat was filling with water and they were certain they were going to drown. The interesting part of this story was where Jesus was. They were fighting for their life and Jesus was asleep. How was Jesus able to sleep while the boat was tossed in the storm? Jesus had faith. The disciples had fear. The disciples woke Jesus and he immediately calmed the storm.

When we understand who holds the world in His hands, then we will live in faith and not fear. Our world is in chaos. Not only is the winter storm coming, the world is in turmoil as Egypt protests and attempts to overthrow the existing government. Protests have erupted all over the world. This is not time for us to panic and think the worst. It is time for us to live with the same peace that allowed Jesus to sleep through the storm. Our God is on His throne.

“In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” (Isaiah 6:1-3, ESV)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Loving What God Says

Love of God’s Word is essential in loving God. It is impossible to truly love someone whom you do not love what they say. God has initiated a loving relationship with us that is given to us through His Word. It is through His Word that we are told how we can be part of the relationship God desires with us. Sin is what keeps us from this relationship, but it is God’s Word that helps us to overcome that separation. In Psalm 119:9-11 it says, “How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” In the New Testament we learn that the Word of God is our offensive weapon to defend off temptation and to help others to overcome temptation. It is the sharp two-edged sword that pierces the heart of men. It is always leading us back to an intimate, loving relationship with God.
Because of these things we must be careful in our study and use of God’s Word. Paul told Timothy, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved …who correctly handles the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:16). When we are faithful in our use of God’s Word we are promised in Isaiah 55:11, “so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”