Posted by: pastortomvabeach | June 17, 2019

Thought For The Week June 23, 2019

My favorite devotional writer, Dr. Tony Evans, posted another great word last week.  I want to share it with you this week.  This is especially comforting to anyone who is currently going through a tough or more than tough time in life.  It’s entitled Experiencing Jesus In A Storm.  Here’s Dr. Evans’ words:

“In the book of Mark, chapter six, we read that the disciples got into a boat, at night, and took out across the sea.  In their obedience to Jesus, the disciples ran directly into a storm.  Their obedience literally took them into the nucleus of a disaster.

“I wish I could tell you that following Jesus means you will never have to face any storms.  I wish I could tell you that following Jesus means that the waters of life will always be calm.  I wish I could tell you that following Jesus means life will be rosy and all of your days sweet.  But I can’t.

“These disciples were following Jesus, and they ran right into rough seas.  The disciples discovered, as many of us have also discovered, that you can be both in the center of God’s will, and still in a storm.

“There is a lot of preaching today as well as many Christian books that tell you that if you follow Jesus, then you will never have to face any challenges in life.  That wasn’t true for Jesus or for anyone else I know who has followed Him.  Following Jesus doesn’t offer immunity from troubles.  What it does give is the opportunity to experience Him in the midst of the trouble.

“Life comes with troubles, regardless of whether or not you follow Jesus.  You get to choose if you want Him to join you in your troubles, or if you’d rather go through them alone.  Experiencing Jesus in the storm allows you the chance to see His power over whatever it is you are facing in your life.  Keep your eyes focused on Him, and experience the calm that focus brings your way.”

Like Dr. Evans, I wish I could say that your life will always be hunky dorey after you trust in Jesus.  It would probably be a lot easier to get people to follow Jesus Christians never got sick, lost jobs, had auto accidents, experienced natural disasters, made poor decisions, had family members desert them, and on and on.  The world would look at us and want in.  Maybe and maybe not.

Perhaps its better for the world to see us experiencing the same hardships they do and having a safe solid presence in our lives who walks through it with us.  We probably are better off leaving all that up to the Lord.  He knows better than we do.

But the awesome thing is always that you can know that Jesus will never leave you even in the storms and you can still be in His will when the clouds grow dark and the wind begins to howl.  Paul says there is a peace that surpasses all understanding when we trust our anxieties to Jesus (Philippians 4:7)  Are you there?  Just a thought.

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