In Part 2 of “Weathering the Storm” the last one brings me the greatest comfort… “Listen for God to Speak”! When He brings revelation, everything changes.
It can be difficult to hear Him speak especially during difficult times in our lives because our thoughts, our focus can become engulfed in the circumstances of any storm. When I hear the Lord speak to my heart, there’s an internal monitor that senses His peace! Some people may be better at this than others and nothing fazes them, but in my life I can’t count how many times I have had to deal with some kind of storm/trial and have to refocus. Be intentional at asking and listening to what God is saying to me no matter what’s going on around me.
We have to learn to replace worry, fear, anxiety, stress etc… you yes you have to know what God’s word says to make sure what you hear aligns with his Word … you yes you have to learn to hear and discern what God is telling you… you yes you have to decide that you trust what God is saying to you … you yes you have to believe in Him!
Paul is one of the greatest examples of those who walked by faith. He learned through the hardships he endured to hear and listen to what God was telling him and that’s exactly what happened in Acts 27:23-26:
“Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’
Will an angel appear to you, probably not, but when God speaks to your heart are you able to recognize it and believe? That’s what Paul did and tells the men in vs. 25-26 “So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me. Nevertheless, we must run aground on some island.”
During a previous trial Paul heard from the Lord that he was going to Rome! Notice too that it didn’t happen right away and another difficult situation has come about. Sometimes it takes time and sometimes we will go through difficult situations to get to the destination!
I love this Rembrandt picture! If you look carefully you’ll notice that one side of the painting the seas are raging and people are scurrying to tie down, hold on to the ropes, etc. When you look at the right side Jesus is in the midst of all those listening attentively and the seas tend to be calmer. Someone else pointed this out to me as I never studied the picture before, but when they did it resonated with me and I knew that Jesus even in the midst of the storm had the answer for me. HIS PEACE!
When you are in one of the most difficult times, ultimately it’s you and God. God can use those who love you, even a stranger, a picture, great books, wonderful songs, etc. and when you know that you know God used whatever means to speak to you specifically… you encounter what I call that heart-mind connection and NOTHING compares! What is HE speaking to you today?