Society never seems to report the good news anymore. When you look to CNN, ABC, 60 minutes there are no more wonderful stories of bravery in the world. No images of hope, just despair, and calamity, and confusion in the midst of what come to know.
We are consistently bombarded with tragedy, death, and youth in America using senseless acts of violence to gain a voice! In the midst of this violent storm that is life my main concern is what is God’s role in today’s society? Has God fallen asleep at the most inopportune time in society? Has Jesus forsaken us?
As I write this I always look to the heavens for a refuge to prevail the flood waters of the storms that come at me on a regular basis. The waters subside sometimes, and other times the waves of sin and frustration crest above me as I kneel to ask God, do you care? Are you really seeing all these things that come to destroy your child?
Often times I ask cry out to him and ask why do the unrighteous around me ascend to do whatever they like, while the righteous almost always seem to fail? I know I am not alone in feeling this way! I have heard the testimony of even the most seasoned of disciple for the Lord, and at times even their authentic tale of how they made it seems unjust.
The membership of church alone will not keep me from trials and tribulations that the world sets at my feet, but doesn’t that challenge the world at large? God if you care for me why have I been taken off course by all these storms?
As in Mark 4:35-39 we follow God when he calls us to move. We have a need to respond, an urge to go to the other side with him! Jesus always extends the invite to us, and when we follow he always shows up and shows out on our behalf!
We come to God from different places, but we all are wounded, worried, in sin, but at the same time isn’t it ironic that the storms didn’t go away when we follow him but they actually got stronger and more prevalent! What is that? Is God sleeping on a comfortable pillow on the other side of our trials while we fend it off by ourselves?
The answer to all these questions is mind boggling. I’m always in deep thought when I think about, is God really hearing what I have to say, seeing what I have to go to. If he does why isn’t he doing anything about it? He said he would never forsake me, so why am I out here in the sea of doubt all alone on a plank of wood fighting off the storm of the Titanic obstacles of things I can’t see?
God doesn’t forsake or leave us. In our minds he leaves the physical presence of what we can see, and he blinds us to tap into the resources of tools he has left us with! Remember God doesn’t send us to war without the proper equipment to battle with. The battle we lose is that we are not scripturally prepared to fight. We don’t know so we can’t sea, what is out there!
Has God really forsaken us and left his post unattended? Or have we been consistently watching God, and not learning to trust him? Interesting questions! Are we seeing God for what he can physically do while we dismiss what a blessing he has been to us on the inside! We take for granted the works that are down on the inside!
Looking back hindsight is 20/20! When God extended that invitation to us he already knew where we were going! Wow, now is that a newsflash, or a great way to be humbled! God never leaves us, but being human without sight of him through miracle, or act, we lose sight of what he has already done in our lives!
Still we think God has left us at that moment when we need him the most, he went and turned ghost when the trouble came! Storms arrive when we have life on cruise control!
Mark 4:38 shows us that God was comfortably sleeping. On a cushion! Like us when we are cuddled up with not a care in the world, but sound asleep! Turmoil was going on around the ship! A storm had been brewing, and the ship was swamped with everyone’s worry and despair!
All we can do sometimes is act like the disciples in Mark. “God, don’t you care if we drown?” We lose sight of God because we lose the faith that indwells within us! God gives us those things we need to battle our fears, and troubles inside!
What do we have to be afraid of we have the faith that was given to us! All we have to do is be quiet, and keep still while God does his work! Often we look to abandon ship, and take on more water trying to move around in our own storm! Have faith!
All we have to do is ask! So simple, yet effective! Ask, Seek, Knock! We suffer because we ask not, but we try everything WE can do! We question with words like: is it me? Is it him? How come? Why? What for? Stop the questions and ans
wer by stepping out on FAITH!
wer by stepping out on FAITH!
If God didn’t care we wouldn’t have food on our tables. Jobs to be able to go to! Matter of fact we would not be able to wake up to enjoy anything!
Too often we choose to move from God when we feel he doesn’t work! The more we try to straighten out, the more tangled a web we weave of despair! Why do you have to awake Jesus, when he already is alive inside of your heart? We call on God when we are in trouble, and not at the first sign of a dead end!
We all have hostility towards God when we feel left in the cold! God doesn’t care! If he was real I wouldn’t be in this condition! God fell asleep when it came to my life! Well well look at that, ye with little faith will ask God all of those questions!
When God shows up he shows out! The Bible is not your do it yourself guide to navigate through life! It’s a tool to help you let God show out of you! Wake God up in your life!