The Storms of Life
"But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour."
Isaiah 43: 1, 2, 3a
King James Version
A friend sent me an email and told me that they had a storm and her power went out. Many times in our lives we have raging storms in our hearts and our determination, energy, hope, joy and confidence goes out. Just as we have to call the electric company to restore our power, we have to call Jesus to restore the power in our hearts. The electric company doesn't know that our power is out until we call them but Jesus sees into our hearts and He knows that our power is out and He is standing by ready to restore it if we will but call upon Him.
I got up at 5:30 this morning and it is now 9:30, only four hours have passed. Yet I have already received twelve emails from people who are discouraged and hurting and need prayer. If ever we needed a support system, it is now. If we would encourage our loved ones and friends on a daily basis, they wouldn't need to be locked up in mental hospitals. They would know that they are loved no matter what they do.
Isn't that what Jesus does for us? He Loves us no matter how many times we fail Him. We have people all around us who are in tremendous emotional pain because they have been criticized and ridiculed. As Joyce Landorf, a speaker and author, says on one of her teaching tapes "They look fine and they look darling but inside they are dying". She was talking about the people we sit next to in church; the ones we think should have it all together. Just because we are saved doesn't mean that we won't have problems and get discouraged. Christians are not perfect; they are saved sinners. We will fail and hurt Jesus but hopefully when we hurt Him we don't do it on purpose.
Jesus understands how we feel when we are attacked by criticism and sarcasm. People attacked Him every day when He was here on earth with cruel words and the tragic thing about it is that some people are still attacking Him today with their unbelief and criticism. He is the only one who can see into our hearts and see the tears that we keep hidden from our families, loved ones and the world. He is our Comforter, the Restorer of broken hearts, and the Anchor of our storm tossed hearts. Thank God for the unconditional Love of Jesus!
If today you are hurting because of cruel words that people have said to you, allow Jesus to comfort you as only He can. May God forgive us if we have hurt somebody with our critical and judgmental remarks! One day, we will stand before a Holy God and give an account of every harsh word we have said to people. Run into the waiting arms of Jesus because He Loves you!
March 28, 2007
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