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Before The Storm

By Don Loftis | 07.29.15

The National Weather Service issued the hurricane watch three days before expected land fall.  Some folks packed up and headed inland to stay with relatives, but most got busy preparing for the storm.  They boarded windows, secured extra food and drinking water, stored all outdoor furniture, and checked the generator.  Each family’s routine had one thing in common — they took action before the storm arrived.

This same principle is true, as we face the storms of our personal lives.  There will be losses, disappointments, injustices, and catastrophes.  The key to surviving these events is to have prepared in advance.  Faith serves as the “boat” that carries us through these difficult storms.  However, it is hard to build the “boat” during the storm.  It is imperative that we affirm and embrace key truths early in our discipleship.  We need to know that “life is not always fair” and that “God is good all the time” long before the storm comes.

This is the thought behind Solomon’s insight in Ecclesiastes 12:1, “Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near when you will say, ‘I have no delight in them.’”  Jesus advised where to build the house before the rains came (Mt. 7:24ff), and later He taught that the time to secure extra oil was before the bridegroom arrived (Mt. 25:1ff).

Like the weatherman, the Word of God warns of the dangers of life and the certainty of eternity.  Let’s be attentive to its message and zealous in our preparation, while there is still time.



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