Friday, July 30, 2010

Friday, July 30, 2010

Verse for Today
Acts 27:14 - Before very long, a wind of hurricane force, called the 'northeaster", swept down from the island.

When we sail in the sea of life, everything seem to be going stable and quiet, when suddenly and unexpectedly hurricanes and violent storms blow over our ship. The sudden change might catch us by surprise and totally unprepared. The power of the wind will be such that we often feel totally weak and powerless to withstand its pressure. All our experience and expertise in handling storms seem futile. We might wonder why the storm has come at that unexpected moment when everything seemed to go well. These storms are capable of devastating us in our testimony as people of faith. It might plunge us into utter hopelessness and loss of confidence. But we must understand that These storms are sent our way to see for how long we will hold on to our faith in the Lord who will not cause us any harm in the storm, but will only use it to strengthen our faith and allow us to grow in our trust in Him. When we are in the eye of the storm, the everlasting arms are underneath us and we are kept under the wings of the Lord. We dwell in His shadow and enjoy the care and love of the Father. We lean on to the Beloved and comfort ourselves even when we are tossed around. In the midst of the storm, the Lord gives us visions about His glory as we meditate on His Word, and reassures us that there is no need for us to be afraid. So we should look at the Lord who is with us instead of the hurricane which blows around us. When the everlasting arms are underneath us and when the garrison of His angelic beings is around us, no hurricane will ever touch us.

Dear friend, are you going through some storms in your life today? Has it come unexpectedly, and is it blowing cruelly on you? Is its destructive power beating on you and taking away your confidence in life? There is no need for you to be perplexed owing to the hurricane, because the Maker of this universe is protecting you under His wings. He will fill your heart with peace that passes all understanding and cover you with Himself. No evil force can hurt you because the Lord is at your right hand. Perhaps the wind of financial difficulty, sickness, slander, loneliness, unemployment, business failure, friendlessness and stress come your way without warning and you are thoroughly unprepared to handle your situation. You may be confused and forced to think that there is no hope for you. It is likely that you feel that the bottom is falling from you and that you might go deep down any moment. But these are the thoughts that the enemy mighty be throwing into you through your circumstances. But the Lord who controls the winds and the waves is with you. The hurricane will obey Him and stop, if you ask the Lord in prayer to help you. Even if the hurricane doesn't stop, you will be taken unhurt through it safely by the Lord. You are the precious child of the Heavenly Father and He will not allow you to suffer beyond your capacity to take it. He will guard your mind from being doubtful and fearful, and strengthen your faith. He will prove to you through the storm that He will carry you through it and give you victory so that you will grow in faith in Him and in His promises.

Psalms 107:30 - They were glad when (the storm and the sea) grew calm, and He guided them to their desired haven.

Thought for Today
Those who dwell in the shelter of the Most High and the shadow of the Almighty will not be shaken by the hurricanes around them.

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