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July 26, 2013 — Leave a comment

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You Lord give longing for the eternal. Only you can satisfy. Forgive me for looking anywhere else for completeness and joy. Soul-satisfaction can only be found in you-the creator of all things.

You walk with me moment by moment. There is never an instant you are not near. Your endless road of Grace amazes me continually. Every hunger of my life leads to you for sustenance.  My soul and heart is restless without you.

I hold fast to your promise spoken long ago,  “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” You are all-sufficient. My soul smiles and I campaign forward.

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I’m convinced that nothing in the hands of God can fall apart. He is the creator and controller of all things. His sovereignty can’t be thwarted. Now, I must confess. There have been times in my life, those first three sentences seemed like a cruel joke. I’ve had things appear to fall apart and fall to the floor of my life. I would say to myself, “How can things this bad happen to me- a follower of the Christ?”

I’m not sure how to answer that question perfectly, nor am I convinced I even need an answer for trouble finding me. I’m just sure God has not lost control. Ephesians 1:11 says, “…He works all things according to the purpose of His will….”

I find comfort by looking back on the last days of Jesus. Everything in the Gospel’s read like His life was out of control. His friends forsook him. He was attacked by loneliness. Those in power falsely tried him. He was physically and emotionally abused and tortured. He was crucified. All of this took place, and He was innocent.

No events in the life of Christ were beyond God’s authority. From a human view, they seem random; they seem like bad luck, or a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. However, that’s just not the case. God was in control at all times. Likewise, none of the events of our lives are out of God’s control when bad things are happening to us. You must not relate bad things happening to you as proof God is not there. He is the God that is never absent in your life.

Yes, “Bad things” happen to the lives of those who follow Christ. However, He has promised to always be with us. He is mightier than anything that comes against you. Psalm 93:4 says, “Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea–the LORD on high is mighty.” Yes, we live in a world where bad things still happen, but have hope, for God is at work in your life to accomplish His plans in and through you.

Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

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Sometimes it’s God’s wisdom that moves you away from the crowd and into the perfect storm- it’s His perfect will and protection for your life and ministry. One voice should hold your attention…not the many voices of the crowd. When the crowd wanted to make Jesus King after the feeding of the five thousand, Jesus sent the disciples out into a storm to protect them. He wanted to get them away from the crowd that had it all wrong. His Kingdom was not of this world. The crowd wanted to make Jesus an earthly King, but that was not His purpose or will.  Jesus wanted to move the disciples away from that kind of Kingdom to teach them about the true eternal Kingdom.

If He didn’t move them away, they would  run the danger of allowing the crowd to replace the voice of God. Often, Jesus will take the course of the storm to protect us…not destroy us. He will get you to the other side, He will calm the storm. You will learn much in the storm about what it takes to bring the true Kingdom of God into your life.

After the feeding of the 5000, Jesus goes to pray alone. The disciple take the boat out and a storm comes. Jesus watches from the mountain as they struggle. He then comes to them WALKING ON THE STORM. Peter then declares in a step of bold faith, “Lord, if it be you, tell me come unto you on the water.” Jesus then said, “Come.’ Of course we know what happened. Peter started to sink when he took his eyes off Jesus. Nevertheless, Jesus saves Peter as he calls out for help, and once they step back into the boat, the storm runs away!

When it was all said and done the lesson was simple to see…JESUS WALKS ON STORMS…HE IS THE SON OF GOD…HE WILL GET YOU TO THE OTHER SIDE. Once you are on the other side of your storm His voice is sweeter and strong than if there hadn’t been a storm at all. NEVER FEAR THE PERFECT STORM OF GOD FOR YOUR LIFE.