Mark 4:37 – And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
Today I will continue to write about the storm into which the Lord sends you, i.e. the storm of the flood of Noah. It is keenly important that we, as believers, are able to identify the storms that we face in our lives. This storm, the storm into which the Lord sends you, has certain identifying markers. First, you will either be forewarned of its coming, or the Lord will see to it that you are prepared for it before it comes. Being in a combat situation is not a good place to train soldiers. The best soldiers are trained well before going into the battlefield. So, before the Lord ever sends you into a storm, you will have the instructions you need, and the time you need to be prepared for it. Second, obedience to the instructions and proper use of the opportunity to prepare MUST be in your regimen of faith. God will provide the training and the blueprints for success, but He will not do it for you.
In the case of Noah, he had to build an ark, something no one had ever seen, collect representative elements of every animal species, something no one had ever done, and preach a message about the coming flood, something no one had even imagined. All this was in the warning and preparation for the flood. And we should note closely that from the warning to the event was 120-years. Imagine doing all that, many years alone before his sons were born, and many decades with their help, and doing it all with hand tools. To my mind, at least, such a work is staggering to the mind, and likely dreaded by the body.
But when all was said and done, and especially after the waters of the flood had subsided, Noah (and company) stood as the saviors of the human race. While the Covid-19 virus may not have presented a threat to the entire human race, it has surely shaken the world. And while the warning by David Wilkerson in 1986 was only 34-years ago, in our age, that was plenty of time for the church to be prayed-up, and even the natural world to be prepared to handle it without such chaos. We, the church, must keep our eyes open and our ears attentive to the leadership of Holy Spirit. We all face storms (battles) from time to time, and some of those battles are ones into which the Lord will send you. When He sends you into a battle, it is not to test your faith, but for you to follow the Lord’s blueprint for preparation, and come out victorious. In Noah’s case, dry and alive. In David’s case, alive with the giant’s head-in-hand. How about you? Are you ready? Your victory awaits for the salvation of many.
Manna for Today – Mark 4:35-41; Romans 8:1-17; 2 Timothy 2:15; Genesis 6, 7, & 8