By Pastor Brad Heintz
ne ofthe most infamous
shipwrecks of all time was the RMS Titanic. According to Wikipedia, the lifeboats of the Titanic played a crucial role in the disaster of April 14-15, 1912. She didn’t have enough lifeboats for those on board. The 20 lifeboats could hold 1,178 people but there were 2,208 on board. Only 18 lifeboats were used since two accidently floated away as the boat sank. Yet, many lifeboats weren’t even at full capacity for a variety of reasons including strict interpretation of the maritime tradition of women and children first, fear of the overfilled boats sinking or half-filled boats unable or unwilling to return for passengers in the water. If you have lived long enough in life, you realize that literal and figurative storms and shipwrecks happen. As a believer in God, I also realize He allows them but never leaves or forsakes those who believe in Him. We learn this from the Apostle Paul who is a shipwreck survivor himself (See Acts 27) and writes to the believers, in the city of Philippi, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (Philippian’s 4:12-13 New International Version) If you read about Paul’s shipwreck experience in Acts 27, you will see that even though God allows storms, He gives direction, protection and rescue as needed. Paul first looked to God, then listened to his direction and then did what He said. We also can do all things through Christ who gives us strength, when we look to God, listen to Him and do what He says. That was evident during Hurricane Harvey when God’s people responded to one of the most
infamous storms ever. It was simply amazing to see people look, listen and do what was needed. As I reflect on Hurricane Harvey, I realize that God may allow storms, but He also provides a way to be rescued. He rescues us through faith in Jesus Christ. That is why many believers call Jesus “Savior.” He rescued us by giving His life in our place. As John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”(NIV) As I think about the Titanic, I realize that the boat manufacturer made those lifeboats with the intention of filling them up with people to be rescued. But people in real-time decided not to follow the directions. Think of people in your life who are in a figurative storm or maybe shipwrecked. Do they need to hear that they can do all things through Him who gives them strength? You could be like Paul and share God’s guidance in the midst of a storm. God, as the manufacturer of our lives, intended that our lifeboats are full and that people are rescued. I see Living Word Church and other places of worship as lifeboats. It’s where we look and listen for God’s direction and ultimate rescue. It is where we help others in their storms. So jump into Living Word’s lifeboat or any house of worship. Ours sets sail every Sunday at 10:30 a.m., and there plenty of room for all. Pastor Brad Heintz is the founding pastor of Living Word Church in Seabrook, Texas, a vibrant family-style, non-denominational gathering of believers who take a pure, simple and real approach to faith and life. www.LWCBA.org Like us and watch us live on www.Facebook. com/LWCBA SEPTEMBER 2018 | Bay Area Houston Magazine
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