By Mike Gilland
I love stories, and I have been called on more than one occasion a “storyteller.” Stories are so much more than mere reports of incidents. Stories are containers of emotions, memories, truth, and inspiration. All that, and more. I especially love the stories contained in the Bible, both Old and New Testaments. I have fond memories of wide-eyed wonder, hearing the dramatic telling of Joshua’s battle at Jericho, Israel’s crossing the Red Sea, of David and his battle with the giant Goliath, of Jesus as He stilled the raging waters of the Sea of Galilee and so many more.
As a child, I learned much about Jesus through the stories that I heard about Him, and from those that I later read for myself, in the Bible. I learned that Jesus was not afraid to face Satan straight on, as He was tempted in the wilderness at the outset of His earthly ministry. I read that Jesus didn’t show the slightest concern during that aforementioned storm at sea, even though His disciples were downright stricken with fear. I even learned that a shortage of money to pay the temple tax did not worry the Lord! (See Matthew 17.)
These stories about Jesus show that He was unfazed by most things. But…there WAS something that moved Him. What moved the Lord? People. On more than one occasion, Jesus was moved with compassion. In Matthew 9, Jesus was deeply moved when he saw the crowds, who were like sheep without a shepherd. In Mark 5, Jesus stopped in His tracks and was touched by the faith of the woman who needed healing. In John 11, He was moved to tears at the news that his dear friend had passed away.
Today, I am comforted in knowing that I serve the God of compassion, whose Son is the Prince of Peace and the Lord of Lords. Jesus is THE Lord, undaunted by the everyday challenges of life, but filled with compassion at the needs of His people. I know that the story of my life moves Him. And you can have confidence in the fact that He is mindful – even moved – by what you are facing today.
Mike Gilland is Operations Manager for The Shepherd Radio Network, a group of radio stations in Florida that features the “Christian Teach/Talk” format. Mike hosts a daily talk radio show in the 2 PM hour called “Afternoons with Mike”, talking to local pastors and newsmakers. In Orlando, The Shepherd is heard on WIWA, AM 1270. In addition to his broadcast experience, Mike spent 36 years in full-time ministry as a pastor and worship leader. As a guitarist, Mike performs at concerts, restaurants, private parties, etc. He is married to Cindy, the father of four grown children and grandfather to seven grandchildren.