Storms Will Come
Storms Will Come

Storms Will Come

Storms Will Come

Most Sunday mornings the Elders meet to pray before Life Groups. More often than not, our Chairman, Phil Peercy, comes with a devotional thought to share. This week he shared from Luke 8, where Jesus and the disciples are in a boat when a storm hits. The disciples wake up Jesus, and He calms the storm.

That story, and the similar story where He walks on water, has many layers of relevance to our lives. One that is hard to stomach is the reality that Jesus took the disciples directly into the storm. He knew there would be a storm, a challenge, a difficulty, and he brought the disciples directly into it. He gave no warning, and He did nothing to divert them from it.

Some of the hardest moments in life occur when I’m surprised by the reality that life has challenges. I don’t just mean the hard times, I’m talking about any challenges. I’m talking about those seasons when I think life should be problem free. Thus I’m shocked, perplexed, and maybe even derailed when ‘storms’ come. But Jesus never promised life would be problem free. In John 16:33 he says, “In this world you will have troubles, but take heart, I have overcome the world.” How is it I so easily forget this verse?

We started our Sunday morning discussing a storm, and we ended our Sunday morning with a storm. Thanks to everyone on the team who scrambled to get lights and sound back on. It was quite the adventure. I’m grateful for the way everyone so quickly turned to prayer in the midst of the storm.

The Presence of Christ

Our hope is not in the absence of problems, but in the presence of Christ. Jesus was with them in the boat through the storm, they simply had to call on Him. Our call is to lean on Him in the midst of the challenges, and when we do, the world will take notice, and He will receive the glory. When we react to challenges differently than the world does, people take notice. Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

Our prayer is that whatever storms you are facing this week, that you would lean on Christ and be a light to the South End of Louisville. May God open doors for you to share the hope you have in Christ with your neighbors, friends, co-workers, and fellow students.

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