Friday, August 21, 2009

Preparing for the Storm

Jonah 1:12
He said to them, "Pick me up and throw me into the sea. Then the sea will become calm for you, for I know that on account of me this great storm has come upon you."
It looks as though Hurricane Bill is going to miss us but we are not going to miss him. It is amazing how good the Weather Bureau is at predicting storms, and because they are able to do that thousands of lives can be saved "if" people heed the warnings. Wouldn't it be great if we could predict all the personal storms of life. Relationship problems, car crashes, loss of job, investment futures. If we could we might be able to avoid many of the storms of life. Sometimes we are the cause of the storm as was the case with Jonah. Many times we are not the cause but still have to deal with the consequences. Hurricane preparedness is a big thing here in North Carolina. I want to encourage you to do the best you can to prepare for the storms of life.
1. Accept Christ: That is first and foremost. There is a storm called death which lurks off the coast for all of us and will one day make land. If you have accepted Christ you will be prepared.
2. Walk closely with Christ: This will help you know what to do when storms come. Christ gives us wisdom and will direct our course if we allow Him to. (Proverbs 3:5,6)
3. Share Christ with others: Help others to prepare for the Storms of life by sharing the giver and sustainer of life with them. It is the greatest thing you can ever do for someone.

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