Warning: This blog entry was inspired by a sermon in church. It has a heavy Bible focus. Just so you know 🙂
This was a nice weekend full of things that didn’t really go that well. Our football game didn’t go that well. Our pizza lunch didn’t go that well. My reading plan didn’t go that well. Basically, almost nothing went according to plan. Nothing went horrible, but nothing went according to plan.
So, I got up Sunday morning to get ready for my personal Bible reading and then church. Another thing didn’t go according to plan. My wife’s stomach was upset. Not quite nauseous, and really not the exciting kind of nauseous, but just feeling terrible. Not a real solid beginning, but life goes on. Every time.
During the sermon, Pastor Will had a comment that struck at the heart of things. “Conveniently,” he had it written out on the Powerpoint slides, so it was easy to mark down. Here it is: “Faith must be tested before it can be trusted.”
He was preaching from Luke 8:22-25, when the disciples panicked during a storm on the Sea of Galilee, and woke up Jesus from His sleep. He simply spoke to the wind and waves, and they stopped. The idea here was that this storm legitimately threatened their lives, and people around Galilee will tell you the same thing (they did, in 2005!), and the disciples lost sight of their savior and saw only the terrible fate in front of them. None of that reduced the problems they faced, since people died in those storms, but pointed out that there was someone prepared and powerful enough to help in that time.