Fresh Hope – 15th December 2016

December is no respecter of persons!

As you watch people preparing for this happy season, you may well be faced with a personal crisis that makes you feel anything but in the mood for celebrations.

Pain and problems don’t stay away just because it’s Christmas. However, the presence of a storm in your life does not indicate the absence of God.

Storms are a part of life.

You may have been on a flight and encountered some pretty strong turbulence along the way. The pilot just takes it all in his stride –  for him it was just a normal day at the office.

It is possible today that you are a person that wants to know where God has gone during your storm, however your turbulent day has little to do with the absence of God.

Someone once said…’If God seems far away, guess who moved?’

Your storm may well even be your own doing.

You may have ignored some simple advice and have gone head long into a ferocious thunder cloud. Your storm was not the absence of God, but the absence of wisdom.

Here’s what we should consider when going through stormy and troubled times…

God is not repelled by trouble; He is actually attracted to it.

Psalm 46:1 NIV
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

When Jesus told his disciples to get into a boat and cross the lake one day, He didn’t warn them that they would run into a storm that would completely scare the wits out of them, instead He met them IN the storm and said ‘cheer up, it’s me….don’t be afraid’.

Jesus doesn’t always favour leading you around a storm, as He knows that that won’t help strengthen your faith, but He does always hold your hand as He takes you through the storm.

He didn’t lift the disciples’ boat out of the water, but instead He lifted the disciples by turning up at the most crucial time.

No matter what you’re going through this Christmas time, hold onto to Jesus…He’ll never let you go.

Psalm 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

V10 He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God…’
Pastor Mark

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