Monday, April 9, 2018

Smooth Sailing

There’s an African proverb that goes like this: ‘Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.’ Have you ever thought of life that way?

All of us would love things to go our way all the time. But if they did, we would never learn to trust God for we would never have to trust God.

Well, we all know that life isn’t ‘smooth seas’ all the time. Hard times come. In fact, sometimes the waves of hard times capsize us. Relationships are damaged, financial worries plague us, and there are even times that threaten war. We are overwhelmed with fear and worry.

The clouds and the storms really do come.

Jesus reminded His followers, ‘In this world, you will have trouble.’ But the good news is He didn’t stop there! He also said, ‘Take heart, I have overcome the world.’

Yes, trouble is a fact of life. In fact, if you look at your past week, you probably can think of some trouble. Trouble at work, trouble at home, trouble in a relationship, trouble with money, trouble with schedules, trouble with a personality, trouble with a friend, etc.

But Jesus has given us a means of finding victory- the real victory- even in the hard times. And with each hard time as you learn to trust Him, you become more skillful in living your life.

Will you allow Him to provide all you need to face the good times and the bad? Will you allow Him to use the difficult moments of life to develop you with greater skill in living life?

He is willing and able to provide triumph, even when things look the darkest. It is usually through the storms of life that we learn our most valuable lessons. Put your trust in Christ Jesus.

James, the half-brother of Jesus, said it well: ‘The testing of your faith produces perseverance.’

Pastor Mark "The Bru" Brunott

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