The Storm and the Lighthouse

"Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth. Proverbs 27:1 NASB

Well, with the Coronavirus, we certainly have firsthand experience of this verse! However, believers in Christ know that God holds the day in His hand so we need not worry or fret.

If you feel like you are stuck in a confined place in the middle of the storm remember the disciples found themselves on a boat in the middle of a storm. When they cried out to Jesus, He calmed the storm. However not all storm stories end that way. We read in Acts 27 the Apostle Paul also found himself in a boat with 276 people on board in the middle of a huge storm that went on day after day after day.  Paul tried to warn the Captain and others of the coming storm but in their eyes he was just a lowly prisoner so no one would listen. Paul had calm in the storm!

In the storm Paul never wavered from his faith in God. Instead he sought the Lord, listened to the Lord, and continued to be a witness for the Lord. As the storm raged much of what was important to the people on board was thrown overboard. In the end the ship was destroyed when it ran aground. All was lost but the people were saved because at some point in the storm they started to listen to Paul. Paul entered the ship as a prisoner but became the leader everyone listened to by the end of the storm.

Someone posted on Facebook recently that while we “Shelter in Place” we ought to change out of our sweats and PJ’s and put on our jeans every third day or so to see if they still fit. I can relate. As Christians we are to be salt and light to this world. Right now in this storm we need to be a lighthouse to the world. We don’t know how long the storm will last but as time goes on and hope fades we need to let our light shine brighter and brighter. However, we must remember that we are more like a light bulb and light bulbs need power to be seen.

In the New Testament one of the Greek words translated “power” is Dunamis. From this Greek word we get the English word dynamo among others like dynamite. A dynamo is a power generator. After the shipwreck Paul wrote Timothy two letters. In 2 Timothy 1:7 Paul states. “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” KJ

We need to get the power to shine our light from God on a continual basis. In order to do this we need to stay connected to God spending time with Him each and every day. He alone is our power source. When times like these come I like to turn to Psalm 46 and let it guide me to the One who can guide me through the day.

Let’s make our devotional time with the Lord our top priority and get our battery charged so we can shine the light of His love and hope. Let’s also be sure to spread that love and hope as we fellowship with one another over social media as we social distance. Let’s be careful not to spread fear. Remember, “God hath not given us the spirit of fear.” Fear comes from the world and is contagious. The world has been infected with that already. Instead, as Christians, let’s take the power God has for us and shine our light of love and hope to a world that so desperately needs it in this storm. Remember the song “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine” Now more than ever this is the time to let it shine!

Pastor Dave