As we approach what appears to be a historically bad weekend for the east coast it’s important to remember where our focus should be. The apostle Paul in the 4th chapter of 2 Cor. tells us that “we have this treasure in earthen vessels”. In fact the whole passage reads in 2 Cor. 4:7-10 Paul obviously knew a thing or 2 about being at the center of life’s storms. He also knew that we carry the great treasure of Christ around in fragile “earthen vessels” that we are passing away.
In Paul’s day many of the ancients often kept their treasures in jars or vessels of earthenware. Many today have stored up their treasures in beautiful homes all along the Atlantic coast line. What will happen to those treasured homes this weekend only God knows. We can pray for people’s safety and protection and let’s be available to minister in Jesus’ name, if the opportunity arises. This storm reminds us again of the truth of Jesus’ words about storing up our treasures in heaven where neither moth, rust, earthquake nor hurricane can destroy (a loose paraphrase).
Paul, as we have seen, experienced many troubling storms. I think he would agree with the writer of Hebrews who said in the 12th chapter and the 2nd verse “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (NASB). We all need to be making preparations for the safety of our families this weekend but we also need to keep our eyes focused on Jesus believing that He can move and work regardless of outward circumstances. In fact, many times it is a result of the outward circumstances that God opens the most unusual opportunities for us to serve Him. In the eye of the storm this weekend let us keep our focus on Jesus and see what kind of opportunities He gives us to store up our treasures in heaven.
Pastor Rich Sivo