“You have been...a shelter from the storm...” Isaiah 25:4 NIV
You should never drive across the country highways and byways without being properly prepared. Your vehicle should be in excellent working condition. The oil should be fresh. The gas tank should be full of gas and other lubricants. You should have a good working GPS system as well. Likewise, every Christian should be prepared as they journey across life’s highways and byways. Every Christian should be prepared for the inevitable but not invincible storms. It is vitally important to know your storm manual. Some people have not even read their vehicle operation manual until “after” they experience a problem with the vehicle. In order for the Christian to survive the storms of life they must know the storm manual.
The hymnist wrote: “Standing on the promises that cannot fail, when the howling storms of doubt and fear assail, Standing on the living Word I shall prevail, standing on the promises of God.” Emotion-based faith is like a broken crutch; it won't support you in life's storms. It's fair-weather Christianity and it doesn't work. God's Word stands sure; it's greater than surrounding conditions and will enable you to outlast any storm. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly...” (Colossians 3:16 NIV). Keep a rich deposit of Scripture within you at all times so you can make a withdrawal when you need it. Withstanding life's storms depends on your willingness to “...hear these words...and put them into practice...” (Matthew 7:24 NIV).
Rev. Dr. Major A. Stewart, Pastor
Greater Mt. Sinai Baptist Church
Sunday, October 8, 2017