For stormy days

Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”

And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” Matthew 14:22-33

Have you ever been frustrated with God because He did not come through for you after many prayers? Do you remember those days when you just did not understand why God, who is Almighty and good, left you in the midst of difficult, painful circumstances? Here is something that may help us to trust and be still in the midst of storms.

So Jesus sent the disciples on the boat. They were there not because of pride or disobedience but because of their submission, while Jesus stayed, dismissing the crowds, and then praying. While He was praying, the disciples were facing a storm and contrary winds. He did not calm the storm, but kept praying (Luke 22: 31-32). And even when He came to them, He did not calm the storm and the winds. He walked on the sea, but did not calm it. He spoke to them, comforting them, but did not calm it. Yet He was there with them. Difficult circumstances do not mean that God has abandoned or forgotten you. Difficult circumstances mean that God waits for you to come to Him in the midst of the storm. He wants your faith to be great.

When things are formless, dark and empty

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Genesis 1:1-2

Sometimes you don’t really know what’s going on in your life, in your heart and in the world around you. It seems like the world, the city, your friends, your job, your dreams, your family are all wrapped in a cloud, or better in many clouds.
You look up and God is more invisible than ever. You wonder what to do, where to begin, where to go. You wonder why and when.
And then the Holy Spirit reminds you that He is here. He is here with you even though you don’t see, feel or hear Him. He reminds you that before the beginning He was there. When there was nothing on earth, when there was no beauty to be admired, He was there. When all was dark and ugly, He cared. So how much more now that you belong to the King? Now that His righteousness is yours (Romans 4: 23-24) how could He be absent? He cares and watches over you. He hovers over your soul, over your heart. He hovers over your confusion and the ugliness of life.
That’s what He does. The glory of our God is to be good (Exodus 33:18-19). So don’t let the clouds deceive you. He always cares for you. (1 Peter 5: 6-7)

While waiting…

Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you;
your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.
Isaiah 28:8

Yesterday I read this verse on Facebook and it was like a revelation. Those days I have been confused, kind of lost in my walk with the Lord. I have been praying for clarity,  for guidance and for more. And when I read that verse, my heart reacted in a particular way. The way that says: ” I recognize the voice of my Lord. He is speaking to me now, telling something particular, just for me.”

This verse completely describes the state of my heart. I am here, walking in God’s ways, waiting for Him. I am waiting for Him because His name and His glory are the desire of my hearts. I don’t know how long I am going to wait, but I am in a good place, walking in the ways of His laws. Instead of being confuse, I can be content. I am spending time on His path, with Him. And to linger in it is not a bad thing. I am not there because He does not love me or because He wants to punish me. I am there because He grants me seek Him and His glory. To Him be all praises and all glory.

We’re content to linger in the path sign-posted with your decisions.
Who you are and what you’ve done are all we’ll ever want. Isaiah 28:8 (Msg)