A message from Ken…
Rub a Dub Dub, Three men in a tub. And who do you think they be? The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker…
Well, finally, the elections are over and about half of the people in America are thrilled and just a little less than half are upset. And, although the election was decisive, obviously it did not “fix” everything that needs to be fixed in this country or around the world. We have a leader but he does not control the world; he only deals with it. In some way, we are all in the same boat, the thrilled and the angry, candlestick makers, bakers, butchers, teachers, professionals, the “right and the left,” all headed to our destiny. What we do to get there will make a difference in what we find when we get there.
In the “Perfect Storm,” Bill Johnson referenced Mark 4:35. That’s the Biblical text describing a moment when the disciples were in a boat, crossing “to the other side” when a violent storm began. It was not just “rough seas;” this was a “killer storm.” The disciples feared for their lives and they cried out, waking up Jesus who was sleeping in back of the boat, “don’t you care that we are perishing?” In other words, Jesus “do something about this, don’t you understand!” Jesus in turn, rebuked the storm, enforced Peace and asked the disciples, “Why are you so fearful, how is it that you have no Faith?” How he did that can make a difference in out “all in a boat” experience as well.
Jesus could release Peace because he had Peace. It was the place he stayed. It was not something that occurred occasionally in his life, it was something that was always there. He knew that where God is present, Peace is present. There’s no fear in Heaven, no faithlessness there, because He is there. Jesus lived in the knowledge of that Peace. His heart was established in Peace. That Peace is not the absence of something; it’s the presence of Someone! That was the secret to Jesus response to the storm. The “Shalom of Heaven” overpowers the presence of something! All that Jesus needed to know as he entered that boat was that God had told them to go to the “other side.” That was enough for him to be able to sleep in the middle of that storm. Knowing the Will of God gives us the comfort of God. The disciples should have told the storm to be still because they knew “going to the other side” was God’s Will, and knowing that, they could “calmly” go through the storm that raged. As for the storms challenging our boat, why should we worry? If we are doing the right thing (righteous thing), why should we fear just because it’s rough?
The election will not remove all the trouble we will face, but trouble should not identify whether we should “go to the other side” or not. If this country will do the “life thing, the right thing” it will get to the place we are to go, no matter what seems to obstruct our way. We may struggle, we may have to pay a price, but if our goal is “in the Purpose of God, in the Will of God,” if it’s done with the right heart attitude, we’ll get there no matter what happens along the way. To set high goals and to walk toward the Purpose of God will automatically bring a storm upon us before we get to the “other side.
“Once the disciples reached “the other side,” they ministered to a man “full” of unclean spirits. In effect, a man and a country were changed because they “crossed to the other side.” Had that storm stopped them, the “other side” would never have happened! There was a storm because there was a great thing about to happen. It was a storm that, once the fear passed, did not hinder; it was a “perfect storm” because it had perfect results.
If this country is in God’s Will, and in His Purpose, we will get through the present storm. We have huge domestic problems and dangerous international problems. But this country was set in a boat and told to go to the “other side.” We were sent to live in freedom and to spread freedom to others, to enjoy liberty for ourselves and share the joy of liberty. It may cost us something to get to the other side of that, but if we pay the price, we will benefit from that experience. That perfect storm was not about the disciples; it was about their future. We’re all in the same boat. If we will remain visionaries in “God’s ways” we will get through and past the storm and find purpose on the other side of our journey. If we do that, the storm will not destroy us. We can Rest; we can be in His Peace. We will not cry out in fear. Because He is present we will be able to “calm down” and trust; we will get the to the other side simply because He told us to go!