Text: The Lord heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to Him and He lived. (I Kings 17:22)
Today’s lection draw our attention to the sure anchor that we have against the storms of life which often strike unexpectedly. In both the Old Testament lesson and the Gospel appointed we have, humanly speaking two hopeless cases of storms of life that hit the two families. In the Old Testament, a child was lost to death, while in the Gospel, a brother was lost. In these two sad cases of loss of lives, God intervened. The dead were brought to life. And as a result their joys knew no bounds.
As no one is immune from the storms of life which come in various forms and times, Christ is our anchor against such storms. It is for this reason that the Bible says:
Come unto me all ye that labour and heavy laden, I will give rest (Matt. 11:28).
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you, for everyone that asketh receiveth; and that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened (Matt. 7:7-8).
For we have not an high Priest which cannot be touched with feeling of our infirmities, but in all points, tempted like as we are yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly into the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Heb. 4:15-16).
It is by prayers and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ that we can still the storms of life. Those who have put their trust in Him have never been disappointed. Their verdict has always been.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
He delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to Him are radiant
Their faces are never covered with shame …
Taste and see that the Lord is good;
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.
(Ps 34:4 8)
Let us therefore learn to cast our burdens on Him for He alone cares for us (I Pet. 5:7)
The Very Revd Adewale Adebiyi Ph.D