I have been reading a book entitled ‘Unbroken’ about a guy named Louie who survived remarkable event after remarkable event through his time as a B-24 bomber crewman out in the Pacific. After one of their planes went down, ‘The Green Hornet’, Louie and 2 other crewman survived the crash and found themselves on 2 small rubber rafts out in the middle of the Pacific. For 47 days they would float over 2000 miles across the vast ocean doing everything they could to survive. Every little thing they could find became life-saving during those days. They used fishooks to catch small fish. They used some fabric to help catch rain water and make hats to block the sun. They used each other to help keep their minds sharp by reflecting on their memories, sharing about the future and eventually praying out loud together and singing bits and pieces of hymns. Louie continued to focus on survival and living and it filled him with hope even though their situation grew more and more dire each day. Another crewman in the raft focused on death and the grimness of the situation and hope slowly faded away eventually taking his life.
Even though there were plenty of inadequacies to their supplies, Louie and his friends would have definitely perished without the foresight to have those rubber rafts inside of the bombers and the basic survival kit supplies. What are those things that become a spiritual survival kit for us? God’s Word comes to mind. When we chose to daily read and hide God’s word in our hearts, the Spirit will bring those life-giving truths to our minds at critical times to fill us with hope and give us nourishment to our desperate and starved souls. Community also comes to mind. When we go through a difficult trial, it is crucial to be connected to others who encourage us, pray for us, and help us or we will not make it. Faith comes to mind. Trust God now in the little things and when more difficult times come we will have already built up our faith muscles to trust Him in more difficult circumstances.
Only the life built upon Jesus and finding satisfaction in Him will ultimately survive.
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.
4 Jesus answered by quoting Deuteronomy: “It takes more than bread to stay alive. It takes a steady stream of words from God’s mouth.”