We all face the storms of life at some point… Sometimes these can even be self inflicted…
Do you remember the story of Jonah? God had given him a message to deliver, he was instructed to go to Nineveh and announce God’s judgment on the people because of their wicked ways (Jonah 1:1). However, he deliberately disobeyed God’s instructions and ended up in a huge storm…
Jonah turned his back on God and His Will and ran the other way, away from the work of God towards the way of his inner desires and his will. However, Is there anywhere to hide or run away from God?
David said, “I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to Heaven, you are there, if I go down to the grave, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there Your hand will guide me, and Your strength will support me. I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night – but even in darkness I cannot hide from You. To You the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to You,” (Psalms 139:7-12).
Do you think Jonah had this information? I would have been helpful for him to have been able to network with David! It would have saved him a lot of running and time.
Do you notice in this story that Jonah knows God, he had a personal and intimate relationship with God? God spoke to him directly and he was able to recognise His voice. These are some of the challenges we face, hearing the voice of God and knowing it is Him.
Jonah knew God’s compassion, unfailing love and mercy and His faithfulness but it did not give him an excuse to disobey. Do you know the Lord? Are you making time to know the Lord? Has the Lord called you to action? Has the Lord instructed you to do something and you have delayed doing it or plainly ignored Him?
Even when we are in disobedience, God can soon change our minds as we face the storms of life. As we read in 2 Chronicles 7:14 “Then if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”
To be honest, I find this a little bit confusing sometimes, I know I am called, I know I hear God’s voice and I know that I am doing something but not sure if I am to leave everything behind, for example, my job and pursue God fulltime.
I am serving at Church, giving when I can, paying tithes, writing books and writing articles, trying to fulfil the Great Commission, I tell people Jesus loves them when I feel the need to but I am not sure it is enough? Does anyone else feel the same?
However, I must testify to this, the storms of life are definitely calming in my world, so I have a sense of peace that I am heading in the right direction and I am walking by faith on the path that God has instructed me by the results seen in my life.
I guess what I am trying to say is that I have started and that is what God desires, for us to take a step of faith and He will guide us. The Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth (John 14:17). I must confess that the Word of God works.
Dear believers, let us encourage each other, as we face the storms of life, no matter what struggles come our way. When God instructs us to do something, when we hear His voice we must act because the will of God will never take you somewhere bad. His grace is sufficient,
He is our Shepherd, He will supply all our needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19), His love is unfailing and His faithfulness is unending. If God is for us, who can ever be against us? (Romans 8:31).
Yes, there is a cost for being a follower of Christ (read Luke 14:25-35) but you have His full support and backing and you will succeed in everything you do and I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Holy Spirit (Ephesians 3:16).
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