A long time ago, I wrote this statement in a blog, “A thankful spirit isn’t born; it’s learning to rest in the goodness of God.” It’s hard to rest when your world is spinning out of control. No matter where you turn, someone is calling your name or demanding your attention whether it’s a business report, eight loads of laundry, or bills waiting to be paid. Circumstances will speak or scream so loud into your life, we can’t hear God speak. Usually when we can’t hear God speak, we panic. We lose heart, question God’s love or care, and can’t rest.
Job 38:1- “Then the Lord answered Job OUT OF THE STORM.” God is going to speak into your life, OUT OF THE STORM.
Yet, the winds are howling loud, and they have surrounded us. We feel absolutely powerless, trapped, and there is no escape. Out of this storm God’s going to speak to your life, so be prepared to listen. God’s trying to drown all of the voices of influence in your life, so He will be the primary voice. Job’s children couldn’t testify about him, his wife refused to encourage him, and his friends couldn’t comfort his heart. In the midst of the hardest time of Job’s life, God was silent until the end. Yet, God wasn’t absent. God’s eye was watching closely, prepared his heart before the trial, and already knew the ending. Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, which means He is the Beginning and End. Yet, He isn’t absent in the midst of your story, He is the center.
When God confronted Job about the purpose of his trials, God answered out of the Storm. Out of the storm God’s going to speak into your life, restore what the enemy stole, and allow His purpose to prevail. God’s wanting you to rest and receive what He wants in your life; nothing else. Out of the ashes a thankful heart is born because we went through the storm-we overcame! We have a song to declare to God, a thankful one.
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