Acts 28:1-10

Acts 28:1-10

Acts 28:2Vintage message from August 24, 1997.

It’s when we’re in the storm, when we find ourselves being driven by the activity of life that seems like it’s going to overwhelm us and sink us that we sometimes forget that God sees the hair on our head. That He’s counted the number of hairs on our head, and He cares about the number of hairs on our head….He’s not concerned about the storms that we find ourselves in, even if we get into that storm out of stupidity, out of sinfulness, out of arrogance. If we find ourselves in the storm…God still cares, and He’s still counting the hairs on our head…Even when we’re going through the toughest of times, God is still caring for the smallest of details in our lives…

Have you ever found yourself in the midst of a storm, you’ve gone to someone and said, “Man, I’m just being beat to death by this storm, these trials and these struggles!” And the person looks at you, “Well, what’s the big deal? Gosh, it’s not a big deal. That’s no struggle.” What we oftentimes perceive as storms, it’s just a simple rain shower to someone else. We’ll turn to someone, expecting a shoulder to cry on, and it doesn’t seem like we get sympathy. It doesn’t seem like they actually understand, but you know what? We can’t understand the storms that you’re going through if we’ve not been in it ourself…And you know what? We shouldn’t try to relate to the storm that someone else has been through. We can get sucked into other people’s storms. We can be destroyed by other people’s storms…We want people to relate to us based on our own experiences, but you know what? People can’t…Just because I can’t relate to your life [and] you may not be able to relate to my life, we can show each other unusual kindness. We can help each other when we’ve come through the storms. And if we notice something about someone that they’re not exactly like we are, they don’t believe exactly the way we do, you know what? I can still show you kindness. I can still show you love back…

Pastor Dave Elkins