Tuesday, January 21, 2014

strength during the storm


Yesterday was the day that we honor Martin Luther King, Jr.  I am always challenged by the life and legacy of this man.  But I read a post from a friend of mine about the challenges that almost every leader faces.  Dr. King went through many of the things that other leaders have gone through.  He went through storms and struggles.  People came against him, those close to him and others.

That is why I believe it is important to have strength during the storm.  I pray we will learn from the things that men like Martin Luther King, Jr. taught us.  Applying truth.  Truth built first on God and then applied to our lives.

I continue looking at leadership truths from Matthew 7.  Yesterday we talked about the facts that we cannot judge people by a different standard than we judge ourselves by.  In fact the way we judge others speaks volumes about what we believe about ourselves.  Since we are forgiven and given hope by God we can help others know the acceptance and love of God.

Strength comes from placing our faith in truth and in Jesus.  Notice what the verses below say about having strength at the right time.

 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.  25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock.  26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand.  27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”

We already know that faith comes from hearing the word of God (see Romans 10:17), but it is putting that faith into action that gives a person strength.  The verse above said that wise helps you build on a foundation that is solid like a rock.

It is not in the times of calm and no trouble that faith is tested.  Storms, struggles and stress most definitely test our faith.  When the winds come against our faith, testing our faith, we will see if it stands up against the storms.  If our faith is placed in the right person, the storms and winds won’t shake us.

There are people, we’ve been there, who heard the truth and chose to follow only pieces of it or even none.  When the storms came, faith like a poorly built house totally collapses and is gone. 

Storms, floods and winds comes in all kinds of shapes and sizes.  Yet God allows us to trust Him so the storms won’t hurt us or even totally remove our faith.  The choice is ours.  Trust God.  Or trust in yourself.

If we don’t have strength during the storm, then we won’t have the ability to help others when their storms arise.  Place your faith in God.  Allow Him to be your foundation and strength.

I close with a few quotes from Dr. King:

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.

Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve.  You don't have to have a college degree to serve.  You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve.  You only need a heart full of grace.  A soul generated by love.

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