18Surely you place them on slippery ground;
you cast them down to ruin.
19How suddenly are they destroyed,
completely swept away by terrors!
20They are like a dream when one awakes;
when you arise, Lord,
you will despise them as fantasies.
21When my heart was grieved
and my spirit embittered,
22I was senseless and ignorant;
I was a brute beast before you.
23Yet I am always with you;
you hold me by my right hand.
24You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will take me into glory. Psalm 73, 18-24 NIV
This one has been on my heart lately – The last few weeks have been a struggle. I notice some people, who are doing everything wrong, yet seem to prosper. I not saying Im right all the time in my life. I really have my issues just like anyone else. But, its hard to remember that sometimes.. Its hard to remember, God loves me.. He has a plan for me just like anyone else.
Certainly I have had my yelling prayer moments, Actually just the other day, on the way home…..More so Screaming to God in a whirlwind.. but rather like Job…more so like Herschel in the movie “Wholly Moses!”. If you are unfamiliar, take a look. Its a great story with Dudley Moore, where he mistakenly thinks it is He, not Moses, who is to lead the people out of Bondage. Its a rather humorous movie, where in the end.. He has his Job moment, to where the Lord finally says During his Chastisement of Hershel “AND WHO STOPPED THE RAIN”, to where at that point the Storm stops. God’s voice quiets.. and he Listens –
Now obviously none of this is “Scriptural”, but the purpose of rambling about this, is that’s more how God works. I think sometimes.. we are setup. We truly are, if nothing more so we can fall, and then have to call on Him. God has always wanted free and willing servants, not mindless zombies. To do that sometimes you need conflict. You need to know that the rest of this life, isn’t where your focus is, but on Him. Literally we have to be thrown in a storm, either figuratively or metaphorically, so we can call out “Where are you Lord!”, to where His response is always that of a Father, Albeit sometimes incredibly direct “And WHO STOPPED THE RAIN!” – Our arrogance is subsided… which is fuel for storms. We might ask ourselves or God..why us. The response is always the same – Why not? We are given what we need to test us, so that we can become better, and that “better” is ultimately with Him for all our days.
God always stops the rain if we call out, and then listen for him to calm the storm – I call to mind the Apostles, on that ship. They were losing their minds. Thought they were going to die, and Jesus simply came out, and said “Be Quiet”..and the storm stopped.
Thats what we need. We need to be thrown into that storm, so we can witness his wonderful sublime power. Its not force or might or money that throws us into favor, but rather, being at our worst, so we can learn He is best. Again, this is always hard for me to remember. Its not been an easy life, and some of it is my doing, but I know at the end of the day if I wait for him… eventually he says “Be Quiet”.. and the storm subsides.