Dear friends in Fallbrook,
I can hardly imagine the terror of sailing across an open sea exposed and alone in the middle of a terrible storm. I’d be desperate for help from anyone. Call the Coast Guard, hail a passing ship, get into the lifeboat!
The news lately has been full of stories about men, women, and children making the perilous sea crossing into Europe seeking a better life. Many have died without finding the help they so desperately sought. My heart breaks for them and I’ve become more conscious of the blessing of living in a stable, prosperous nation like the United States.
But if I’m really honest, I have to admit that I think of my help as coming from God and not being God himself. What do I mean by that? I am aware of the gifts of peace, prosperity, and safety, but I don’t often connect those gifts to the giver—God himself.
On Sunday I’m continuing to preach on our series called “Anchor in the Storm.” I’ll be preaching on the account of Jesus sleeping—yes, sleeping!—in the back of a boat that was about to capsize in a fearful storm. In that account we see the remarkable power of Jesus to calm the storm, but we also see the startling fact that even after Jesus had removed the source of fear his disciples were still afraid.
The only explanation is that they thought having their problems solved was the help they needed when in reality their heart yearned for something far more powerful than relief from danger. Their hearts yearned for God himself, but they weren’t quite ready yet to place their full trust and confidence in Jesus as God-in-flesh. The radical new logic of the gospel hadn't caused them to move on from their desire for power and control.
You don’t have to be in a sinking boat to experience what the disciples felt. All human beings encounter the longing for something more than relief. All people long for true help that transcends all things. We think that help comes from power and control over this life and the people around us, but control and power never satisfies. True help is not in problems solved but in the name of the Lord—and his name is Jesus.
Join us this Sunday and in the weeks to come for more on this topic. We worship on Sunday mornings at 9:30am. I’d be glad to have you as our guest.
Serving in Christ,