Being prepared to give account for our hope

Raging lightning storm

Raging lightning storm

The Boy Scout motto is, “Be prepared!”

In Colorado, particularly during the late spring and through the summer, the weather can suddenly turn. It’s not uncommon to experience almost daily thunder showers which come on quickly, drench everything in sight, and move on just as fast.

Autumn as a teenager was a time of sweatshirts and light jackets. The days would often start off bright and crisp, then as the day progressed the clouds would roll in and it would become dark and gloomy, often drizzling rain down upon us as we walked home or went to practice. A friend from Finland commented, “This reminds me of Finland. If the weather starts out bad, it’s going to be bad all day. If the day starts out good, it’s going to be bad all day.”

Today the morning on the North Coast of California dawned bright and sunny (a novelty in itself). Birds are chirping, bees are buzzing…it looks like a gorgeous day to get out and go for a hike or a bike ride. But clouds are brewing. Rain is coming. This afternoon is going to be dark, wet, and cold.

Pondering this reminded me of 2 Timothy 4:2 “…preach the word; be ready in season and out of season…

Sometimes it’s easy to share our faith in Christ. Sometimes not so much. Much of the time we just don’t know what to say. How do you shoehorn into a conversation the Romans Road?

And that’s the rub. You shouldn’t have to shoehorn anything anywhere. Peter tells his readers, “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.

Do you have hope? When life is falling apart (because it does and will), do you have hope? Does your heart reflect that of the psalmists who cry out to God in anguish and then turn around and praise God for His faithfulness…before He’s even delivered them? Do you have hope? Do your friends, family, and co-workers see that hope in you? Are you being called to give an account for that hope?

Don’t shoehorn…spend time growing into the faith that passes understanding. Pray for faith. Pray that God would draw you ever more into his presence and will so that you have the hope that makes people wonder what’s wrong with you. You’re house burned down, why aren’t you freaking out. You’ve been diagnosed with cancer, why aren’t you shaking your fists at heaven. You lost your job, why are you so confident?

Are you ready, in season and out? Do you have hope?

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