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Every now and then a hurricane swells up in the Atlantic and slams into the East Coast doing terrible damage. Homes on the Outer Banks of North Carolina get swept away, entire crops of citrus are destroyed in Florida and there is even the tragic loss of human life. As a society, we work to be less and less surprised when the storm comes. We study wind and weather. We float sensors in the ocean. We send radar planes into the eye of the storm to track it. No more surprises!
We are surprised when we face wind and waves in our lives. It always seems to surprise us when things get hard, or when we feel opposition to the way of Christ. Why oppose life? Why oppose beauty and goodness and truth? Why push against God’s way? Well, we should not be surprised. Instead we should be expectant and prepared.
This week in our Embedded series we will look at the opposition the community of faith felt in Thessalonica and think about how we should not be surprised, but prepared to face the wind.
Many trees get destroyed by a hurricane, but the ones that survive can grow even stronger. The rain softens the soil allowing the roots to grow deeper and the wind bends the trunk opening the flow of sap. As you stand firm in Jesus when the trials and struggles come and the winds of opposition blow, you can be assured that you will not fall. Your faith is stronger than fire and the storm will only make the roots grow deeper.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33