Trust in the Storm

Friends,
Keep casting your cares upon the Lord, looking straight at Him, not at the wind and the waves. Remember the song that says, “Even though my heart is torn, I will praise You in this storm”? Or how about the hymn that says, “Life’s trials will seem so small when we see Christ”? Our Creator, Redeemer, and Comforter does offer to cover us with His wings. Psalm 57:1 says, “Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me, for in You my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of Your wings until the disaster has passed.”

For those in chaos, in exhaustion, in despair… a friend’s words can seem so inadequate–like a tiny drop of comfort in a huge barrel of grief. It can help, but real help comes from God’s Word. His Word is powerful and living and active and healing. (Ps. 33:6 / Heb. 4:12 / Ps. 107:20) Read it. Use it. Believe it.

God can change things. Continuing in Ps. 57… “I cry out to God Most High, to God, who fulfills His purpose for me. He sends from Heaven AND SAVES ME… God sends His love and His faithfulness. I am in the midst of lions; [This may be disease, abuse, slander, rejection, uncertainty, fear, etc.] …BE EXALTED, O GOD, ABOVE THE HEAVENS; LET YOUR GLORY BE OVER ALL THE EARTH… My heart is steadfast, O God… For great is Your love, reaching to the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.” (v.2-10)

Yes, He is loving, faithful, and mighty to save. Praise Him for this. Stand confident in these truths. Believe in His Word. In Mark 4:39,40 we are told, “He [Jesus] got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Quiet! Be still!’ Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to His disciples, ‘Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?'” This was Jesus’ response when, in verse 38, “The disciples woke Him and said to Him, ‘Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?'”

He does care. He is full of compassion. (Ps. 145:8,9) But we need to call out to Him, and when we do, He will have mercy. “Unless the LORD had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death. When I said, ‘My foot is slipping,’ Your love, O LORD, supported me. WHEN ANXIETY WAS GREAT WITHIN ME, YOUR CONSOLATION BROUGHT JOY TO MY SOUL.” (Psalm 94:17-19)

“Look to the LORD and His strength; seek His face always. Remember the wonders He has done, His miracles…” (Psalm 105:4)

Yes, praise Him –for what He has done, and… for what He is still going to do.

Love,
Rachel

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~ by smilesback on August 26, 2009.

 
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