For the third day in a row, we've had thunderstorms in my neck of the urban sprawl. It was so bad on July 4th that the annual Fireworks Celebrations had to be canceled.
But these storms are mild in comparison to the storms that rage in our own personal lives.
Today, my pastor's message was from Acts 27. He asked the congregation how we reacted when the storms come. Do we:
a) Want to be alone to wallow in our misery
b) Cry all the time--looking for sympathy from others
c) Try to run away from our problems
When trouble comes---and trust me it WILL come---two sides of your faith should come into play. There's the spiritual faith where you believe things are gonna work out. Then there's the practical faith where your ACTION should kick into gear. According to my pastor, it's all well and good to pray for strength and guidance during your storms, but prayer alone isn't enough.
Just like Paul did in Acts 27, there are things we must do to demonstrate our faith. Sitting back and doing nothing or remaining isolated while waiting for the storm to pass accomplishes nothing. We must take steps to move forward with our practical faith. It's like coming up with a game plan while trusting that God is going to see you through.
And remember this: Every storm is supposed to teach us something so be sure to learn the lesson and move on because sure enough, there'll be another storm just up ahead somewhere.