During this time of self-isolation I've learned a few truths about myself and this world.
1. That I, we, need to slow down and be still more often.
Psalm 46:10a states for us us to "Be still, and know that I am God."
In reference to Mark 4:35-41...At about the 27:30-29:30 mark in the following link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVBUOst9iiM&feature=youtu.be, JD Greear states that “there’s something more important then God keeping you from all storms, and that is God demonstrating to you His faithfulness in the storm. You see, there are certain things about God that you can only learn in a storm. So God sends these storms because storms are His laboratory where He teaches you about Himself…Everybody…wants to see miracles in their lives. I’ve never talked to a Christian who didn’t want to see a miracle. Never. But here’s the other side of that…Nobody wants to be in a position where they need a miracle. Right? But you see, until God puts you in a place where you need His sustaining power you’ll never really have a chance to experience it…Every miracle in Jesus’ ministry started with a problem, every one, which is really good news for those of us with problems. You are a candidate for a miracle. No problems, No miracles…If you have some problems [then] you are a candidate to experience the miraculous power of God. In a storm Jesus will always do one of two things, He’ll show off His power by delivering you from the storm, or He’ll show off His power by His ability to keep you in the storm. Sometimes He will look at the storm and He’ll say ‘peace, be still.’ Other times He’ll look at you and say “peace, be still.’ The peace that passes all understanding is not always, it is not even usually, His calming of the storm. The peace that passes all understanding is His sustaining presence in the storm. So when you go through a storm wake Him up through prayer. Rouse Him through bold desperate prayer, but be prepared for either answer. Again, discouragement in our lives, the storms of fear in our hearts, they come from either A. forgetting the power of Jesus over the storm, or B. doubting His commitment to us in the storm.”
And 2. That God's been attempting to get me, us, to push the reset button in my, our, walk with Him. Getting Him back to number one in our lives. If we're not able to figure out how to, or are refusing to slow life down, then He'll intervene and make a way by pressing the button for us.
This past weekend my family and I watched the following message https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dB_jozALD-A. Loved it...so timely. What I found interesting is that it's from 2015, but very applicable to what we're experiencing in 2020 across the world. What is it that He's speaking directly to you about during this time of being still? Is He attempting to get you to push your spiritual reset button? What does that look like for you? Go to Him in prayer and He'll reveal that to you. Hope you enjoy the message and are finding ways to grow in Him each and every day.
Practicing His Presence,
Nate Smith is a college baseball and football coach, a husband, a father of 6 girls, grandpa to 3 granddaughters, a police chaplain, a pastor, and has a passion to see men grow in Christ.
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