Good morning. It is Tuesday, March 15, 2022. Jeanette Stark here.
Have you ever run from God? Perhaps you know someone running from God.
In 1981, a Minnesota radio station reported a story about a stolen car in California. Police were staging an intense search for the vehicle and the driver, even to the point of placing announcements on local radio stations to contact the thief. On the front seat of the stolen car sat a box of crackers that, unknown to the thief, were laced with poison. The car owner had intended to use the crackers as rat bait. Now the police and the owner of the VW Bug were more interested in apprehending the thief to save his life than to recover the car. So often when we run from God, we feel it is to escape his punishment. But what we are actually doing is eluding his rescue. (Source: bible.org)
Several years ago, I had a dream of being in a choppy body of water. I knew how to swim but I could not get to shore, and I was getting tired. I knew I need help. Occasionally, my nose would go under water, and I would come up coughing and sputtering. There were people all up and down the shoreline and I was yelling for help. People were throwing things at me to grab such as large rocks and concrete blocks. I would grab each one hoping it would keep me afloat only to be rapidly pulled under until I let go. Eventually they all turned their back on me and began to walk off. I was screaming “Please help me” This went on for some time before suddenly someone threw me a life ring. I tried looking to shore to see who had saved me, everyone was gone. I woke up.
I think so many times in life we look to people around us to save us. They cannot save and often end up taking us down. There is only one means of salvation and the means is Jesus Christ.
I think 2 Samuel 22:17-20 are fitting verses for that strange and vivid dream: “He sent from above, He took me, He drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me; for they were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my support. He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me.” NKJV
Sounds much like a Psalm, doesn’t it? That is because it is. Psalm 18:16-19. David wrote this song, chapter 18, to the Lord on the day he was delivered from the hand of Saul.
We don’t always see God’s deliverance. And we often have our own idea of how God will move or work in our lives or in the lives of our loved ones. But God is all-knowing and all-powerful. Our only duty is to trust Him.
Romans 11:33-34 “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! “For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has become His counselor?” NKJV
There was once a man who was ship-wrecked and stranded on an island. Every day he prayed asking God to send someone to rescue him, but to his disappointment, no one ever came.
Months passed and this man learned how to survive on the island. During this time, he accumulated things from the island and stored them in a hut that he constructed. One day after hunting for food and returning back to his hut, much to his dismay he saw that his hut was on fire along with everything else he owned!
All of his possessions were going up in smoke! The only thing he had left were the clothes on his back. Initially he was in shock, and then he was consumed with anger and rage!
In his fury he threw a fist into the air and began cursing God and yelling, “God, how could you let this happen to me? I’ve been praying every day for months about being rescued and no one has come, and now everything that I have is on fire! How could you do to this to me! Why did you let this happen?”
Later the man was on his hands and knees weeping heavily when he happened to look up and catch sight of a ship coming in his direction. The man was rescued and as they were heading back to civilization the man asked the captain, “How were you able to find me?”
The captain responded, “We were voyaging across the ocean when we noticed on the horizon a column of smoke going up. We decided to go check it out and when we did, that’s when we found you!”
In life we are going to be confronted with challenges, problems, and disasters. But keep in mind that what the devil has meant for bad, God can transform into your good! What is a catastrophe can sometimes be a blessing in disguise. “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart and saves such as have a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.” Psalms 34:17-19