The howling, frigid wind whipped and beat the house mercilessly last night. The old spruce tree bent and screeched against the house so much I couldn’t go back to sleep.
Sometimes it’s good to be awakened in middle of a storm and listen. Listen to what you can’t normally hear. You know, the deep things, things you can’t hear on a quiet, calm night.
So, I talked to Him.
I should reword that…I was pleading with Him and it had nothing to do with the storm outside my window.
You know, like the disciples did when the windstorm came down on the lake and the boat they were in filled with water.
The storm raged and the disciples were afraid. They pleaded with Jesus to help them, and He did. (Luke 8)
He calmed the storm and then asked, “Where is your faith?”
I felt like Jacob struggling and fighting my petitions before Him last night. Then, His words were clear. “Where is your faith?” I sensed Him say. I stopped struggling and asked, “Why, why does it have to be so hard?”
God uses hardships, disappointments and failures to strip our self-reliance away so that we will put our trust in Him alone. Sometimes the process is grueling.
At the close of Jesus’ sermon on the mount He said, ”Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on a rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on the house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
But everyone who hears theses sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
The storms, floods and winds will beat on our house, but we will not fall. He is always faithful.
Sometimes it’s good to be awakened in middle of a storm and listen. Listen to what you can’t normally hear. You know, the deep things- things you can’t hear on a quiet, calm night.
New Year’s resolution: Memorize Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chapters 5-7). He says that for those who hear His sayings and do them they will not fall when the floods come and winds blow and beat on our house.