For many of us the year 2016 will be remembered as “the year of storms”, a time in either your personal life or ministry that things just didn’t go as expected, taking a turn for the worst instead of for the better. For some it was a matter of one, but for others there were multiple storms and some may even find themselves amidst such a storm at this present moment. Nowadays there is a tendency in the church and with believers that storms are always the evidence of evil resistance against our lives, work and ministry, but in the book of Jonah, chapter 1, we read of Jonah facing such an unexpected storm, and in verse 4 “But the Lord sent out a great wind on the sea, and there was a mighty tempest.....”. Now it is important to understand why the Lord did this. From Scripture it is clear that the Lord’s intention was not to harm Jonah and those with him, but to correct Jonah. “So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord....” (Jonah 3:3).
From my experience with the storms in my life and ministry I’ve learned that storms have significant value:
- It makes us aware of our own inability and God’s ability (We need God more than we think we do)
- It stops us in our tracks (prevents us from going further astray)
- It silences our own clever arguments (emphasises our own lack of understanding)
- It creates within us a new willingness to listen and obey (a desire to submit to the will of God)
- It brings about a change of direction (obediently moving in God’s appointed direction)
As we rapidly move towards the end of 2016 it is our desire and prayer that each and every ACM member will be able to successfully sail out of the storms of 2016 and enter calm waters in 2017, as Christian media steer obediently in the direction the Lord is divinely indicating.
Wishing you all a merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year
RUDIE VAN HEERDEN
(On behalf of the ACM Board of Directors)
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