Thursday, March 30, 2017

Water, Fire and a Whale

They say if you ever get caught in a riptide don't swim against the rip. 
I think that's a good analogy for how to battle the storms in our life. If we struggle against them we can become weary, even to the point of drowning.   But if we rest in God and allow him to take us into deeper places we will survive. 
This Scriptures is another way to look at it. 
Behold, all you who kindle a fire, who equip yourselves with burning torches! Walk by the light of your fire, and by the torches that you have kindled! This you have from my hand: you shall lie down in torment.  Isaiah 50:11
What it's saying is when we are in a dark place we are tempted to try to find our own way out by lighting our own torch instead of waiting for God's light to shine on the situation to show us the true way out.  And the harsh reality of the last sentence is when we try to do it our way, not Gods, we will lie down in torment.  I think the story of Jonah is a good example.  I believe lying in the belly of a whale could be a bit tormenting. So I pray strength for anyone in a storm today. Yield to the wonderful work that God is trying to accomplish in you through this storm. Go deep and draw closer to Him. Let his purifying fire burn off everything that shouldn't be in your life. And remember the best is yet to come! 

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Romans 8:18