July Update, 2015

Storms? Learn to Lie Down in the Boat With Jesus

That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?
They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” Mk. 4:35-31
We have been experiencing some challenging tests among the fellowship at Hope at the Beach. Tests that cause us to wonder where are we, where is God, and is there anything we can do about all this ‘stuff’? Some have expressed that they feel ‘cut off’ by all this ‘stuff’. This is more than the usual drama of life; this is life and death, pain and sorrow, and division of families kind of ‘stuff.’

Number 1: We are where God wants us to be.
God brings us into all types of waves/storms, big or little, loud or quiet, yet, God does bring us through. Good words to embrace, yet difficult when you are the one caught on the ocean in the storms, right?

Number 2: God is in, with, and under us in all circumstances, gently leading, guiding, and caring for us along our journeys.

Number 3: So what do we do? Pray and “lie down in the back of the boat with Jesus”
i.e. trust in the Lord and let God do the work.

Just as the serpent deceived Eve in Genesis, the evil one tempts us into believing a lie: that God is far away. However, the truth is that we are never far away or cut off from the One who gave his all that we might be one. God, in Jesus is not a liar. He is the truth and that truth does and will set us free.

Along with the promises of God that He will never abandon us nor forsake us, God has and does equip us to not just survive these ‘tests’ but to thrive.

A great wisdom I have found concerning these situations is found in the words of Oswald Chamber’s;
“Either Jesus Christ is a deceiver and Paul is deluded, or some extraordinary thing happens to a (person) who holds on to the love of God when the odds are all against God’s character. Logic is silenced in the face of every one of these things. Only one thing can account for it-the love of God in Christ Jesus.
Out of the wreck I rise every time.”

Promises to cling to as you lie down with Jesus:

  • Romans 8:28-39
  • Deuteronomy 4:31
  • James 1:2-8.

In His joy, Go in Peace…Surf the Lord!
Pastor Chuck