Are the waves of life crashing over you so hard right now? Are you being tossed and turned and struggling to simply breathe? Are you asking God……. Are. You. Going. To. Do. Something???
I’ve certainly had days, weeks, months like those. On those days, I have to bank on the truths I know about God:
I know Him. He loves me. He is good. He is trustworthy.
For new believers these storms are even MORE difficult. The growing up in the Lord process can be painful and sometimes the prosperity gospel sounds nice! Why can’t I turn to God and all my problems in life simply melt away?
Unfortunately, that isn’t real life. Spend any time in the Bible and you will see trials and storms and tons hot mess situations. Spend even more time in the Bible and you WILL see that God was always doing something for the good of His people.
In Matthew 12:13 Jesus says to a man with a crippled hand, “Stretch out your hand.” The reason why this so significant is because it was the SABBATH day! As in day of rest…where no work was to be done. I remember my granddaddy would never cut the grass on Sundays. That was his version of honoring the Sabbath.
Not our Jesus. He does work on the Sabbath. He healed the man who needed healing. A man with a shriveled hand probably had problems finding good work without the use of his hand. That might have led to financial problems. Which can naturally lead to family drama. Illness, work problems, financial struggles, family drama. Sound familiar???
Jesus’ response is perfect as always. If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath. Will you not take hold of it and lift it out? How much more valuable is a man than a sheep! Matthew 12:12
If Jesus worked and healed on the day of rest. We can trust He is working on the days of the storms. We can’t always see Him, but we have to trust that God is smarter than us and knows what is best for His people.
I love the song When the Fight Calls by Hillsong Young and Free. Based on my life experiences, this song is absolutely true. If you are in a storm, I pray these words over you!
I won’t let the storm weather my heart
Won’t let the darkness beat me down
Sing in the night my hope alive in You
I’ll walk through the fire and not be burned
Pray in the fight and watch it turn
Jesus tonight I give it all to You
God doesn’t waste the storms in our lives. He uses them to draw us out into the deep waters of faith so that we know and love Him more.
I’ve had three big storms to date in my life and I’m sure I’ll have more. But, I’m less afraid of each storm because I know and love and trust God more deeply every time He delivers me again.
In a storm? Hang in there. God IS working. He isn’t asleep or looking the other way. He sees you. He isn’t surprised or angry. God is right there with you. Holding your hand. I pray you learn to trust Him and His timing.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for showing us that you are always working. Thank you for Jesus and giving us your word so we can be encouraged and reminded of who you are. You are a God who is faithful to walk with us through the storms of life. Help us to be reminded that you give us the mercies and strength daily to get through another day. Help us to feel your presence as we cling to Jesus. Thank you Lord for loving us enough to help us know you more closely. You are everything.
In Jesus name,