Sometimes the storms don’t miss us.
by Pastor Greg Simon
Storms in our lives don’t mean our loving Heavenly Father has left us. God wants to be with us. We can abide with our Lord who offers to abide with us.
Years ago, R.C. Sproul (Presbyterian pastor who died in 2017) was asked, “What, in your opinion, is the greatest spiritual need in the lives of church people?” Sproul responded, “To discover the true identity of God. If believers really understood the character and the personality and the nature of God, it would revolutionize their lives.” God really loves His people. He really loves you – especially when you feel the stormy winds of trouble, isolation, or delay.
We may be shut-away from lots of people, but physically distance from other humans does not equate to distance from God. God is not confined to one place; He was God of all places. He is a God with a purpose for His people. He is God on the move. He wants to move at your house, right now!
We begin to understand God’s purpose for our lives by discovering what He wants us to do now! When we follow Holy Spirit’s leading, we know we are where God wants we, whether we’re moving or staying in one place. You and I are physically somewhere right now. Instead of praying, “God, what do you want me to do next?” ask, “God, what do you want me to do while I’m right here?”
God’s invitation to us in paraphrased in Hebrew 4:16 TPT, “So now we come freely and boldly to where love is enthroned, to receive mercy’s kiss and discover the grace we urgently need to strengthen us in our time of weakness.”
Why not take a moment and worship God using the the powerful prayer of Psalm 46? “God, you’re such a safe and powerful place to find refuge! You’re a proven help in time of trouble — more than enough and always available whenever I need you. So we will never fear even if every structure of support were to crumble away. We will not fear even when the earth quakes and shakes, moving mountains and casting them into the sea. For the raging roar of stormy winds and crashing waves cannot erode our faith in you.” (Psalm 46:1-2 TPT)
The ideas behind the 2-min video you can watch below are drawn from the words of Psalm 46.