“Storms are coming your way. Winds will howl, your boat will be tossed, and you will have a choice. Will you hear Christ or the crisis?”- Max Lucado
Max Lucado concludes Chapter 3 of Glory Days by discussing “Jesus Calms the Storm” (Mark 4:35-41). Max concentrates his focus on Jesus’ rebuke to the disciples in v.40- “Do you still have no faith?”
Pastor Lucado states the reason for Jesus’ rebuke is simple. The disciples didn’t take Him at His word. Jesus told them they were going to the other side, not to the middle of the lake to drown. Jesus had declared the outcome.
As we recite, rehearse, and reconsider God’s Word over and over again, our way will be prosperous. However, while we in the United States often associate prosperity with money, the Bible’s focus is not so narrow. In the Bible prosperity primarily refers to a wealthy mind, spirit, and body. As Max concludes, we need to heed the promises of Scripture rather than the noise of the storm:
“Glory Days require an ongoing trust in God’s Word. Wilderness people trust Scripture, just enough to escape Egypt. Canaan dwellers, on the other hand, make the Bible their go-to book for life. . . . Canaan is loud with enemy voices. The devil megaphones doubt and death into our ears. Take heed to the voice you heed.”
Will it be Christ or the crisis?
Today’s question (study guide): What voices around you echo the truth of Scripture? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “The chorus of grace”