January 11, 2018

God, are you aware of what's happening in my life?

As I was catching up in my Bible reading plan last night, by Professor Grant Horner, I noticed in Matthew 8 and Genesis 8, two similar experiences.

In Matthew 8:23-27, the disciples were in a boat with Jesus but had experienced a terrible storm where they thought they were going to die. Jesus questioned them wanting to know why was their faith so weak when He was with them and by His words, He calmed the storm and they marveled at what He did.

In Genesis 8:1 it says that "God remembered Noah,..." and Noah had just experienced an unimaginable flooding of the whole earth where anything that wasn't in the ark was destroyed by the 40 days and nights of rain.

In both accounts there was a circumstance of danger, even the unknown of what REALLY was going to happen while in the midst of this terrible trial, even a test of their faith.

In both accounts, neither group of people knew what God was going to do in the midst of the storm, i.e., trial, or test of faith.

The only one who knew was God and while He allowed the storm, i.e., trial or test, to occur, each group had to trust God while they were going through the storm and both groups of people survived the storms and were in awe of what God did, to bring them to a new place in their lives, as witnesses to His sovereignty, power and also, something we may often overlook in both of these accounts, God's immeasurable compassion for those whom were going through a very difficult time in their lives.

Maybe there is something you're going through right now and you're asking God, "Help me, Lord! Don't you see what's happening in and around my life?? Won't you do something to help me??"

The lesson for us to learn is that no matter what it is that you're going through, God knows what's happening in your life and the trial (storm) you're going through.

The disciples were chastised for their lack of faith while Jesus was with them and Noah, he had never seen rain falling so massively that the whole world would be swallowed up in water, leaving only him and his family to survive. But he was obedient to God's direction, in preparation for the flood and obedience to God is something that must be strengthened, whenever we're going through a time that our faith is being immensely tested.

It's hard to say and believe it even more, because when you're in great need of help, you need it immediately and maybe don't have too much patience to wait for God to do whatever it is that He's going to do because it's getting close to where you feel like you're not going to survive the storm.

Just remember, Noah and his family didn't die during the flood and none of the disciples perished either in the storm they were in.

But in the midst of that storm, when we don't think God is aware of our situation, He is very aware and He knows exactly how and when He'll deliver you out of it all, at the right time and to the right place.

Last year, I was reading a book titled, Gleanings in Genesis by A.W. Pink while I was preaching a series of sermons about Abraham's experiences of success failure, his obedience and disobedience to God. Pink said, "Profession must be tested and at times the meal in the barrel will run very low. Look not at the famine but unto God's faithfulness." (p. 146)

I hope this may be an encouragement to you today. Stay strong in faith and trust the Lord. He knows what He is doing and He will deliver you, at the right time and to the right place. Things may seem lean right now, or they have been and I need this reminder too, as much as anyone else, but it's important to remember God's faithfulness.

He's been faithful throughout history in the Bible and there is no doubt that God has been faithful in the past to you, as He has to me and I must remain hopeful and believe that God will continue to be faithful today and tomorrow too.

I may not understand it for myself even at this moment, but God does and I've found this encouragement from reading His Word last night and I'm glad I did.

I hope tonight you'll be able to sleep peacefully as Jesus did, in the midst of the storm.

God is faithful and He won't stop being faithful to any of His children now.

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Bev said...

Thanks for this, Kurt!
With all that has happened to me in the last 6 months, this has been very timely.
God is sovereign and His Word is an anchor, and He definitely stills the storms!

Lynn J said...

All praise and glory to God Almighty! Thank you, Pastor Kurt!