Storm Chaser • Devotion #5: Be a Light
Jen Combs | Wife of Lead Pastor Josh Combs
I am currently sitting on a plane heading toward Orlando. Have you ever taken a flight to Orlando? It is full of families with little kids that are screaming. (I can say this because I normally am that family!) Not to mention I am squished in a seat that is too small with my husband next to me who is a little too excited, listening to his rock music pretending that I am his drum set. Did I mention that I am working on five hours of sleep? To top it off they stuck us in an exit row. Not the exit row with extra legroom either. It is the one that has less leg room and does not recline.
The truth is we all faces storms in our lives. They may not all be as little or insignificant as traveling woes, but we all face them. Sometimes they are thunderstorms that just leave a little bit of damage or ruffled feathers. Sometimes they are tornadoes that wreak havoc and destruction in our lives that take years to rebuild. The question is what do we do when we are in them? How do we cope? Let’s look at God’s Word and see what He has to say. Go to Philippians 1:12-14. Paul was writing this letter to the Philippian church while he was in prison for preaching the Gospel. I would say that is quite a storm, at least it would be for me. Paul says, “I want you to know brothers, that what has happened to me really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.”
Paul continued to love and honor Christ, even through his storm. He did not decide that because it was so difficult not to follow Christ. So often, we as Christians encounter difficulty, and we flee the things of Christ thinking this could not possibly be from God. We lose our brains and revert to our old ways. During his trial, people saw Jesus in him, and he in turn directed them to Jesus. Through Paul’s actions, other people came to know Christ and others were strengthened in their relationship. People are watching you…always. Your unsaved spouse is watching you, your kids, neighbors, extended family, and people at your job. They are watching to see how you deal with difficulties. Are you doing right? Difficulty is not an excuse to sin and do wrong. Always do right. How are you talking during your difficulty? Are you bringing your conversation back to Jesus? Are you whining, complaining, and cursing God? Are you looking for what God is trying to teach you in your storm? Are you so bitter you cannot see through the clouds? Remember, people are watching you, so be a light for Him. Glorify God in your storm.