Not some cheap substitute

I recently read that the real reason the Titanic sank wasn’t because it hit an iceberg. Well, sure, that’s the main reason, but it wasn’t the only reason.

Apparently, there was a shortage of good quality bolts when it was being built. So the builders settled for cheap rivets as replacements. Rivets held the steel plates together in the ship. So when the Titanic hit the iceberg, the cheap rivets popped their heads, leading to the ship’s demise.

Well, my friends, the good news is that in this uncertain season of life—this uncertain storm—GOD is the one who is holding us together, not some cheap substitute!

Don’t settle for a short-term, Band-Aid solution to your longing for help and hope.

We follow and worship Someone whose truth is more certain than any talking head on T.V., whose love is longer-lasting than any relationship you could ever have on earth, and whose hand is more healing than any pill, medicine or surgery.

In John 8: 12 Jesus said: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

THE light of the world.
Never walk in darkness.
Will have the light of life.

Look to the One—and walk alongside the One—who offers light through the fog, strength for the storm, mercy in the meltdowns, and provision for the future.

The winds may be blowing, but remember this: In this uncertain season of life—this uncertain storm—we are held together not by some cheap substitute, but by the Lord of eternity.

By Matthew Ruttan

This Sunday morning I’m leading worship and talking (online) with two wise colleagues (Christine O’Reilly and Alex Douglas) about how we can envision a new normal after this phase of Covid-19, but one that might be even better than before when it comes to how we understand community, faith-at-home, and personal discipleship. We’ll be live at 10:01am right here.

–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

–“Up!” is published 5 days a week and returns on May 18.

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