This month during THE ADVENTURE SERIES we’re discussing the difference between living a life of adventure, a life that leverages hardship and difficulties into great stories on the way to ultimate victory, and merely surviving disasters. The events of both types of living look VERY similar…storms…hardships…”accidents”…misfortunes. What is VERY CLEARLY different is the attitudes and actions of those going through the storms, and the end result..the victory…the “win” followed by the highlight reel.
We’ll spend the next three Sunday’s sharing some really practical and wise ways to navigate life’s storms as adventurers instead of merely disaster survivors, but this morning I wanted to remind you of something that Jesus said to his disciples before they entered the most difficult storm they had ever encountered. Before his arrest, trial, and crucifixion; while his disciples were still experiencing the thrill of being part of the posse of the most famous and sought after “man” their generation (and all generations) would ever see, Jesus said these words:
Jesus asked, “Do you finally believe? 32 But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when you will be scattered, each one going his own way, leaving me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me. 33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:31-33)
When storms come (and they will come, Jesus promised they would) you can have peace. Because of Jesus. Not because of what you can do…but because of what he has already done. He has overcome the world.