Of Hurricanes and Lifeboats
An unpopular message from Hurricane Sandy: Government is not your Savior, and you may not be able to rely on your neighbors in a crisis because they’re too busy having to take care of themselves for survival or recovery. The reality? We are all too dependent, myself included, on electricity, prepackaged foods, cell phone towers, ATM’s and gas stations. How full is your pantry? How well established is your communication network with your family? Would you know how to get in contact with the people you need to reach if your cell phone was gone or couldn’t be powered up?
Here’s the deal ~ Worse days are coming. Be there another hurricane Sandy or Katrina or surprising inland earthquake, or ravaging tornadoes or oil rigs exploding in the gulf, or a simple rain that gets out of control and floods your basement or a fire that takes your home: You will experience hardship! How will you handle it?
I’m not advocating doomsday preparation in the sense of stockpiles and ammunition etc. (necessarily. ;)) You prepare for catastrophe by thinking ahead, doing what you can, seeking to be wise, and not yielding to fear!
…BUT! in truth, there is a Storm coming that NO one can escape. Death comes for ALL of us. You can be the most prepared among us for another hurricane, but what lifeboat will you cling to when God seeks to bring you home, to spend eternity with Him in joy and love, only to find your sin nature has stolen heaven from you…
Unless your sin nature is crushed, you cannot survive the holy presence of God, no matter how much he loves you, no matter how much “good” you think you’ve done. The only power that can crush your sin and yet purify and save you is the Holy Spirit of God, applying to your heart the shed blood of Jesus who, though crucified, raised from the dead, once and for all conquering (!) death because he did not have a sin nature! And he did this to give us access to the miraculous…so you and I could stand and survive the presence of God and enjoy Him forever!
Jesus is our only true Ark of safety. Are you prepared to LIVE (!) through the storm that no one can, apart from Jesus, survive?
Posted on November 3, 2012, in Bible Study, Challenge, Encouragement! and tagged Comfort, Discerning, FAITH, GRACE, Grief, JESUS, Kingdom, Light, Obama, parable, Redeeming. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.