And everyone knows that you must be prepared for a hurricane. More than one storm will inevitably come sometime every fall, it’s just how it is.
Most assuredly, no matter where you live, there are natural storms or disasters that you need to be prepared for. There are certain things that you always have ready for when the storm hits. When I lived up north, we carried certain things in the trunk of our car in case of emergency in the deep cold winters.
It’s true for your ministry too.
You need to have a preparedness kit at hand for whenever the storms come. And they will come. I guarantee it.
John 16:33 says,
“In this world you will have trouble, but take heart. I have overcome the world.”
However, just because Christ has overcome does not mean we can lay back and not be prepared. Christ HAS overcome the world, but we must take Him along with us.
That daily relationship with Him is the best Preparedness kit you can have.
- If we aren’t reading His word daily, how will we know His thoughts?
- How will we recognize His voice, if we aren’t conversing with him on a daily basis ?
- It is hard enough to recognize His voice in the calm times.
- How will we recognize His Voice in the storm, if we aren’t familiar with His voice?
Recently, pastor’s wife, Rhonda Cagle Thorson shared this story that impressed my heart of the importance of staying close enough to God to hear and recognize His voice.
God can speak in some most unusual places. We went white water rafting in OKC this weekend. We were given detailed instructions for every possible scenario. We had a guide at the back of the raft. We were to listen to his voice (which was hard in the noise of the water).
Although he was steering the raft, our failure to do what he asked us to do would take us off course and risk an overturned raft. With other rafting guides nearby, it was hard to know if it was our guide giving out commands. We had to listen carefully and become familiar with his voice.
God is guiding us through the rapids of our lives. While he is steering, we have to obey in order for His steering to be of benefit to us. We have to practice listening for his voice above the noise and other voices vying for our attention..
Five years ago, my family started down a long road of tribulation which included chronic illness and ultimately job loss.
If it weren’t for our close walk with the Lord, I’m not sure we would have made it. God has walked with us every step of this long journey which we are still on. Just as this scripture indicates, it was only that we were walking daily with Him in the first place that He was then able to walk with us through the storm.
Psalm 119:92-95 Amplified Bible (AMP)
If Your law had not been my delight,
Then I would have perished in my time of trouble.
I will never forget Your precepts,
For by them You have revived me and given me life.
I am Yours, save me [as Your own];
For I have [diligently] sought Your precepts and required them [as my greatest need].
I recently read again the Hebrew Shamat from Deuteronomy 6
4 “Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. 5 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. 6 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. 7 Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. 8 Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. 9 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Do you treasure God this much? This is the first scripture passage that a Jewish child learns from memory. It is quoted every day, if not several times a day. Maybe we should take note and do the same?
- Set a time and place for study and meditation and then keep it.
- Don’t let anything deter you from your quiet time.
- Spend more than a few minutes in prayer each day.
- Study His Word diligently.
- Practice His presence all day long so that when the storm comes, He is there ready to step in and carry you if needed.
You will find that there is really nothing more important.
The world will wait.
And if it doesn’t it won’t make that much difference in the long run.
After all, you can’t bring people to a relationship with Christ if you don’t have one yourself.
Finding Treasure in Him!