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Mayday! Mayday!

“A faith not tested is a faith not trusted.” That is a phrase we believe to be true. It is easier to trust God when the seas are calm and crystal clear than when you are in the midst of a fierce and violent storm and your boat is seemingly about to capsize. Just as you will not know if your life jacket keeps you afloat until you wear it, you will also not know the depth of your faith until it is tested in the storms of life.

In the hymn Begone Unbelief (words by John Newton and music attributed to Johann M. Haydn) we find these lyrics – “Begone unbelief, my Savior is near, and for my relief will surely appear, by prayer let me wrestle, and he will perform, with Christ in the vessel, I smile at the storm.”

If you are facing a storm today, can you say, “With Christ in my vessel, I smile at the storm”? Speaking from experience, we readily admit, living out those words is easier said than done. It is often in the midst of the storm that we most urgently need an increase in our faith. We desperately need God to anchor us as the rain relentlessly pours down and the waves crash onto the boat.

So right now if you are in the midst of a storm, or the weather on the horizon looks dark and gloomy, ask Jesus to increase your faith, cling to Him, and begin smiling at the storm! You would not be alone in that request. In Luke 17:5, the apostles, after being rebuked by Jesus for the imperfection of their faith, said to Him, “Increase our faith!”

Dave Garrett

New Bern, North Carolina

2/8/2018

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