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Where is God in this Storm? by Max Lucado

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Like many of you, I have spent the last few hours with an eye on the television screen. The devastation is stunning. Many questions are circling. “How long will this last?” “How extensive is the damage?” “Will the storm have an impact on the Presidential election?”

There is a more fundamental question that is surfacing; not on the newscasts, but in the hearts of victims and viewers. “Where is God in this storm?”

The disciples of Jesus asked an identical question. “Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side….He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now, when evening came, He was alone there. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.” (Mt. 14:22-24)

What we have seen off America’s eastern coast, the disciples saw on the Galilean Sea. Tall, angry waves. Their fishing boat bounced and spun on the white-tops. The sky rumbled above them, the water churned beneath them. And I wonder if they asked, “Where is Jesus? He told us to get into the boat. Now we are alone in the storm? Where is he?”

The answer? Praying. “He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray.” Jesus made intercession His priority. Did He know about the storm? Could He feel the winds? And see the thunder? No doubt. When He sensed the danger, He chose to pray.

He still does. He offers unending intercession on our behalf. He is “in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us.” (Rom. 8:34) He prays us through the storm. And, at the right moment, He meets us in the storm.

“…Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.” (Mt. 14:25) Jesus became the answer to His own prayer. He entered the turbulent world of His friends and reached out to them.

He is doing the same at this very moment. Through the steady hands of first responders. The compassion of physicians. The kindness of neighbors. The generosity of people like you. We see only a small portion of His activity. But we know this: He still steps into the super-storms of life.

This is a turbulent time for our country. Struggling economy. International conflicts. A divided electorate. And now, an unprecedented storm. Jesus met the disciples in the midst of their storm. Let’s ask Him to walk into the middle of ours.

Max Lucado
Copyright 2012

  
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JENNY712 11/14/2012 10:08AM

    Dear Friend, emoticon for this inspirational post. I loved this book. For during a very hard time of loss emoticon for our family Jesus, His word, and even this book gave us much comfort and help. He is able to take us through life's storm. He has prepared a place for us on the other side as well. John 14:1-6 Thank you for this reminder of God all powerful love and help, HUGS! Jenny emoticon (He has His arms wide open as He calls us to Himself. Matthew 11:28-30) emoticon

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DMSPEER93 11/2/2012 9:43AM

    What an awesome reminder!

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Patience & Hope

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus– Revelation 14:12

We generally tend to think of “patience” as being a passive virtue, the ability to not fret or fume when things are not going our way. However, here we see patience described in terms of action and faithfulness.

The mark of sanctified patience, we are told, is keeping the commands of God and holding to the faith of Jesus, even in the midst of great personal struggle, pain, or discouragement. It is continued and committed action in the face of overwhelming challenges.

This is not the patience that we are used to contemplating or aspiring to. This patience is not merely waiting; it is also working. But doesn’t this truth coincide with your experience as a Christian?

One of the greatest weapons the devil uses against us is discouragement. If he, then, can render us dormant and inactive by sending trials our way, then he has effectively silenced our Christian witness. The only solution for the Christian who is facing opposition or tragedy or uncertainty is therefore to continue the Christian walk, obeying their Lord’s commands and persevering in the faith of Jesus.

All of us have a tendency to just shut down—or at least slow down—when difficulties come our way. But the way of patience is to endure the trial with faithful, continual service to Jesus Christ.


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JLLOVETT 10/25/2012 10:45AM

    Monday when I picked up my grand daughter at daycare, the asst director asked me how I was, my reply - "marvelous". She told me she adored my always - uplifted, joyful, enthusiastic mood.
My reply was "God is in control of my life, it is all His, I have nothing to complain about!" She stopped and said "Wow". That reply was a blessing to me for the glory of God!





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KAYDE53 10/20/2012 8:39PM

    This is so very true, and something I have to guard myself against! The devil would like nothing better than to defeat us by using discouragement and disappointment if that would be our weakness. Instead we need to keep on, keeping on!!! Thanks Ruthie!!! emoticon

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FAITH

Friday, September 07, 2012

From the Choice Gleanings Calendar

DAILY READINGS: 2 Samuel 23; Jeremiah 7; Ephesians 1:15 to 2:10

Without faith it is impossible to please Him. Hebrews 11:6

"If I only had more faith." This is a noble aspiration, but there is something better then great faith. It is a great Saviour. The object of faith is of the utmost importance. Most of us desire more faith, but faith the size of a mustard seed can remove mountains if it is faith in Him (Math. 17:20). Paul wrote, "Ye are all the children of God by faith" (Gal 3:26). Even with small faith I am as much a child of God as the heroes of the faith. However, let us not be content with weak faith, but like the apostles ask our Lord to "increase our faith" (Luke 17:5). —Milton Haack

My faith has found a resting place, not in device or creed;
I trust the ever living One, His wounds for me shall plead.
I need no other argument, I need no other plea,
It is enough that Jesus died, and that He died for me. —Eliza Hewitt

  
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LORRAINE10141 10/10/2012 7:32PM

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    Amen!

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What is truth?

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

From the CHOICE GLEANINGS CALENDAR


DAILY READINGS: 2 Samuel 20; Jeremiah 4:3-31; Galatians 5:10-26

His truth endureth to all generations. Psalm 100:5

Pilot was a thoughtful and capable man. Yet he asked in anguish of spirit, "What is truth?" He was unable to see the personal reality of truth standing before him. Now, more than ever, in man’s world, truth is elusive. Man’s great and expensive quest in science seeks to answer the question: What is real? Yet his quest has led him only to greater depths of folly – to evolution, to confusion as to the origin of life, and to doubts about the origin of the universe, and to a host of other ideas that are far from absolute. But God’s truth is absolute. And, it is unchanging; for it endures to all generations. The foundation for personal wisdom lies in knowing God. Doug Kazen

Leave to His sovereign sway, To choose and to command;
So shalt thou, wondering, Own his way How wise, how strong his hand.—Gerhardt Wesley

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me." John 14:6

  
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KAYDE53 9/4/2012 3:59PM

    People are always looking for answers & truth, aren't they?? The trouble is, they always look to man or each other. The only real Truth is from God Himself!! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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A Man of Faith

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will– Acts 13:22

God seems to indicate that when he looks at the heart of David, he is reminded of His own heart.

What does this mean? What does it mean to have a heart after God’s own heart? Is it possible for you to have this kind of heart, or is this concept something only a king like David could understand?

Notice again what God says about David. He says that He has found a man “which shall fulfill all my will.” It doesn’t take a king to understand this message: you demonstrate that your heart is after God’s heart when you do God’s will.

What does it mean to do God’s will? Well, the Bible is full of instruction about how you can do God’s will. God gives you very clear commandments about how to live your life. God tells you what is pleasing to Him. When you spend time in God’s Book you will learn how to do God’s will.

This is what David did. Yet, before God describes the actions of David, He refers to David’s heart. No doubt there is a reason for this. Consider what David writes in Psalm 139:23-24: “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

When you see the need for God’s work in your heart, don’t try to hide this from Him! Don’t try and fix it yourself! Take this need to Him. He will lead you in the straight and narrow way, the “way everlasting.

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FERGSGIRL2 8/28/2012 7:01PM

    Amen, great blog.

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KAYDE53 8/28/2012 11:58AM

    The was a song to that too, "Search Me, O God"!! Good hymn!! I want to have a heart after God's own heart too, and strive to be open to His will & way!! Thanks for sharing, Ruthie!! emoticon

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