BIBLE READING: 1 Tim 1: 3 - 7 3 When I left for Macedonia, I urged you to stay there in Ephesus and stop those whose teaching is contrary to the truth. 4 Don’t let them waste their time in endless discussion of myths and spiritual pedigrees. These things only lead to meaningless speculations, which don’t help people live a life of faith in God.
5 The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith. 6 But some people have missed this whole point. They have turned away from these things and spend their time in meaningless discussions. 7 They want to be known as teachers of the law of Moses, but they don’t know what they are talking about, even though they speak so confidently.
BLOG: I don't like hurricanes. As I write this hurricane, Dorian is threatening to strike Florida in a few days. Here? We don't know as someone told me this morning. Following a hurricane is a lot like being stalked by a turtle.
There is a fear factor. If you listen to the weathermen, the apocalypse has begun. The fear of "what might happen" is real. But you have to temper their projections with faith.
The faith factor. Faith says that either God will deliver you from the storm or He will go through it with you.
What do you do? I suppose Mark Batterson's quote, "Pray like everything depends on God and work as everything depends on you." might apply here. But let's take that a little further.
Life is full of opportunities that can strike fear into your heart. How do you prepare for them?
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
In a hurricane, you get enough water and food to eat for a few days. You board up your windows and secure everything you can. You might even drive a few miles in the opposite direction of the storm and wait as it passes you by.
But in the end, you trust God. He is bigger than anything that can happen. He is bigger than death, divorce, and destruction. While I know that some may shake their fist at God and say, "Why did you let this happen to me." Faith says, "My God is greater than all my fear." AMEN
PRAY: Dear Jesus, calm my heart, and be with me today. AMEN