Tidal Waves

Storm Warning • Devotion #4: Tidal Waves
Sue Harrington | Secretary

Definition of storm: Attack, disturbance, warning

Attack: Raid, invade, charge

Disturbance: Turmoil, uprising, disruption

Warning: Threatening, caution, realization

Our sea of life moves along smoothly for the most part and then all of a sudden it seems as if we are blind-sided by the biggest storm or sometimes a tidal wave. Storms are not comfortable, and there are sometimes no warnings about what is to come. It does, however, give us a great opportunity to tune into God and His Word and learn that He IS our best friend. He is the one we CAN count on, rely on, cry out to, and beg Him to not only hold our hand but to carry us when we feel weak. Although it sometimes feels like we will never be able to crawl out of the depths of this stormy sea, we can with the help and promises of God.  He is always there waiting for us to call out His name and say, “Lord, I am sinking, and I need you to rescue me.”

I then reflect on when God saved Daniel from the lions’ den. Can you imagine being thrown into a den like that and having the faith that God would save you from the horrible death that would occur? I know it is hard because we cannot see God or touch Him or believe that we will get through the storm, but His timing is not our timing, His timing is without delay in every circumstance, and it is our job just to keep praying and thanking Him for the outcome and for answered prayer. Romans 8:28 says, “We are assured and know that (God being a partner in our labor) ALL things work together and are (fitting into a plan) for good to and for those who love God and are called according to (His) design and purpose.” Isaiah 43:2 says that when we pass through the waters, He is with us, and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm us and when we walk through the fire, we will not be burned or scorched, nor will the flame kindle upon us. We really have to read these promises and trust and believe that what He says is true! In Matthew 8:23-27 Jesus was sleeping in the boat and the storm came and the disciples were so afraid that they were going to drown. They woke Him up saying, “Lord save us.” He asked why they were so afraid. He got up and rebuked the winds and waves, and it became completely calm.

So why then do we panic in times of hardship and trials?  We are human and weak. We become afraid we are not going to make it, but He is God almighty and strong.  The one who created the heavens, the earth, put the sky, stars in place, and spoke light and darkness into existence.  He raised Lazarus from the dead, He parted the Red Sea, He took on the sins of the world and died a horrible death and would have done it for just one person. That person is you and me. We need to have more faith and trust in who He is.  He is INCREDIBLE!  He uses the storms in our lives to teach us to depend on Him.  There is a rainbow at the end of it all, and there is a calmness on the horizon when we trust Him, but remember He wants ALL of us, EVERYTHING, not just what we want to give but He requires it ALL!  He is in the calming business. So have faith my friends and make Him Lord of your life!  He is worthy and He is worth it!

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