Calm In The Storm
We are told all our lives that character is revealed during times of stress or when we are suffering great external pressure. Folding like a cheap lawn chair reveals as much about character as standing firm, calm when the storm arrives. It is not the pressure nor the stress but what makes up our heart and more importantly what foundation we stand upon.
Jesus, the Son of Man, is the only foundation solid enough to show our character true. If our hearts are made of flesh the storm is of no consequence and has no bearing on our lives – it is simply the next event in a long series of events called life. Paul demonstrates this beautifully when standing before the latest accuser.
Acts 24 NKJV
10 Then Paul, after the governor had nodded to him to speak, answered: “Inasmuch as I know that you have been for many years a judge of this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself,
11 because you may ascertain that it is no more than twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem to worship
12 And they neither found me in the temple disputing with anyone nor inciting the crowd, either in the synagogues or in the city.
13 Nor can they prove the things of which they now accuse me.
14 But this I confess to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect, so I worship the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the Law and in the Prophets.
15 I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust.
16 This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.
17 “Now after many years I came to bring alms and offerings to my nation,
18 in the midst of which some Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with a mob nor with tumult.
19 They ought to have been here before you to object if they had anything against me.
20 Or else let those who are here themselves say if they found any wrongdoing in me while I stood before the council,
21 unless it is for this one statement which I cried out, standing among them, ‘Concerning the resurrection of the dead I am being judged by you this day.’ ”