What Do You Do When Storms Approach?
Are you in the middle of a storm right now? If not, you or someone you know will be soon. Storms are just part of life, aren’t they? Where is your storm shelter? How do you keep from just falling apart?
Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)
“The LORD your God is with you, He is mighty to save.
He will take delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”
An Old Friend
At lunch a while back, I ran into a friend who I do not see very often. She shared with me that she was going to have a diagnostic lump-ectomy within a few days. I recognized the “controlled” panic in her eyes. I had seen it before, in my mirror, when I looked at my own eyes.
In my devotional time that very morning I had relished in this beautiful verse from Zephaniah. At the time I did not realize that God was giving it to me, not just for me, but for my friend as well. It immediately came to mind as I looked into her eyes. I knew it was for her, too.
When I shared it with her, she grabbed hold of it like someone adrift in deep stormy water grabbing a life-preserver. My prayer for days after that was, “Lord, please quiet her with your love.”
And, how are you doing today?
Let’s go to the verse:
“The Lord your God is with you… “
Hebrews 13:5 says that He will never leave us as believers, so He is with us right now.
“…He is mighty to save… “
God is strong enough to do whatever He wants to do. He is all-powerful!
“…He will take delight in you… “
Though He always loves us, He even delights in our trusting Him, obeying Him, and submitting our lives to Him.
“…He will quiet you with His love… “
Like an upset baby or a small child who calms right down and go to sleep in its mother’s arms – we can calm right down and rest in Him, God will quiet us with His love. Stop now and just close your eyes for a minute and let Him quiet you with His love.
“…He will rejoice over you with singing.”
Imagine that! God not only wants to love us, He rejoices in us loving Him. Our trusting Him and walking with Him gives Him great pleasure.
How’s the Weather?
Once again, how are you doing today?
Are you anxious about something?
Have you lost a loved one?
Do you have a broken relationship in your life?
Are you screaming inside because of the threat of a catastrophic illness that looms in front of you?
Storms take many forms, don’t they? One minute you have a beautiful sunny day and the next thing you know the sky is filled with thick gray clouds. Well, that’s how it is in Maine and South Carolina anyway. Don’t just watch it roll in and overtake you!
Take some time today and just read God’s Word in the Psalms (maybe Psalm 63). Imagine yourself crawling into your Heavenly Father’s big strong arms and letting Him quiet you with His love. He can handle whatever comes and you can too if you will just stay in His arms. He is watching you struggle, He wants you to come to Him, and trust Him and let Him quiet you with His love. There is no peace and no rest comparable to the peace and rest that comes with being quieted by Him in His amazing love.
What a wonderful loving tender God we have!
Oh Lord, I am so thankful for Your Word and this beautiful verse, particularly. I am so amazed that you love us. You are so great and so perfect and we are so small and so sinful. Thank You so much that You love us because You are who You are and not because we are who we are. Help us today to grasp and live in the fact that we are Yours and You really can take care of us. Help us trust You, that Your will is always best for everyone involved. Make us what You want us to be. Help us to be completely Yours. In Jesus wonderful name, I pray. Amen.
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