Last time we looked at praying that children be rooted and grounded in God. Today we continue our series by taking that thought a bit further by looking at today’s topic “Into the Ark of Safety”
Children may be rooted and grounded, may be leaders and not followers, but there will come a time when they will be tested to see how grounded they are in Jesus.
Every one will face a crisis- a storm in life. When the storms of life come children and youth have to be able to stay in Jesus, the Ark of God and be safe.
I heard a preacher talk about life’s storms as he gave a tribute the the life of his aunt. I don’t remember it verbatim, but I want to share much of what he said with you.
There is no doubt that we all will face a crisis, a storm of some sort in our lives. We live in a sinful world where suffering and death have passed to all because of Adam’s transgression. So storms will come, that is sure.
When we face our storms, they will be terrible. Others might see them as nothing too spectacular, other might see them as the most devastating thing ever…but for one thing, to the one who is going through them, those sorrows will be terrible.
Overwhelming and come from Out of this world
When we are in the mist of our storms we can’t pretend that we won’t be overwhelmed. That’s the nature of storms- they overwhelm us and come from out of no where so we have no time to prepare.
Life’s storms are real. They are not something you just read about or what on tv. They are real things that we face everyday; youth is no exception. Storms are not things people conjure up in their minds and no one else can see them…they are REAL…for a youth peer pressure, bullying, premarital sex, isolation…all these things are real.
Many and More than we can bear
Sometimes when we are facing life’s storms, it seems like the clouds never break or only break for long enough for them to catch their breath.
Children and youth (and all or us) can be sure, that in Jesus who is their Ark, they will be:
Even though youth and children face life’s challenges, when they give themselves to Jesus, they will be safe.
Today let us uplift the children and youth so that they learn to get into Jesus when life’s storms come, for in Him there is safety, which can never be found anywhere else.
Psalm 61: 1-4 NASB
Hear my cry, O God;
Give heed to my prayer.
From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For You have been a refuge for me,
A tower of strength against the enemy.
Let medwell in Your tent forever;
Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings.