Smacked!

Posted: August 13, 2009 in Daily Blog
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Wow, yesterday afternoon I got smacked by God.  Like many, sometimes I struggle with His faithfulness in that I easily forget how He has taken care of us in the past when I am facing a big obstacle in the future.  I was describing my feelings to a friend last night and said something like this, “I feel like I am watching a tidal wave approaching and I am not sure what to do!”  The worst part is I have seen God lead through tidal waves in the past with great success.

Usually I start my days with a reading from Oswald Chambers, a historic pastor/professor from overseas.  He wrote a ton of stuff, but some of his works are recorded in a daily reader called “My Utmost For His Highest” (this link will take you to the main page and you can click on “todays reading” to read him for yourself) But yesterday I missed reading it; until right before bed, after I had been wrestling for hours with the difficult news I received yesterday, wondering if we were going to survive the latest tidal wave… here is what it said:

Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Matthew 8:26.

When we are in fear we can do nothing less than pray to God, but Our Lord has a right to expect that those who name His Name should have an understanding confidence in Him. God expects His children to be so confident in Him that in any crisis they are the reliable ones. Our trust is in God up to a certain point, then we go back to the elementary panic prayers of those who do not know God. We get to our wits’ end, showing that we have not the slightest confidence in Him and His government of the world; He seems to be asleep, and we see nothing but breakers ahead.

“O ye of little faith!” What a pang must have shot through the disciples—‘Missed it again!’ And what a pang will go through us when we suddenly realize that we might have produced downright joy in the heart of Jesus by remaining absolutely confident in Him, no matter what-was ahead.There are stages in life when there is no storm, no crisis, when we do our human best; it is when a crisis arises that we instantly reveal upon whom we rely. If we have been learning to worship God and to trust Him, the crisis will reveal that we will go to the breakingpoint and not break in our confidence in Him.We have been talking a great deal about sanctification—what is it all going to amount to? It should work out into rest in God which means oneness with God, a oneness which will make us not only blameless in His sight but a deep joy to Him.


Smack!  It even hurt a little…
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Comments
  1. Kelly Lewis says:

    AMEN!!!

  2. Dave Ingland says:

    Graham, I know how you feel. I’ve been sensing a tidal wave coming and oddly enough, I even knew when it was going to hit…August 2009. Well, it’s hit and it’s coming in waves. As like you, I know I’ll get through this somehow. Thanks for sharing the link to the Oswald Chambers devotions. They are great and I know they will speak to me in the days ahead.

    Hang in there man! I’m holding you up in prayer.

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