In our everyday lives and our spiritual lives, things happen that blindside us or hit us broadside when we least expect it.
None of us ever get a letter in the mail announcing a heart attack, stroke, auto accident, or a bad report. Those things often hit us broadside. Something we did not expect. No one calls us or send us a letter stating that they are going to hurt our feelings or offend us or upset us in some other way. But we do get blindsided.
The good news. Thank God, He is watching out for us. He cares for us and provides a way through the storms.
In Acts 12 there is a story of a disciple named Peter. He was broadsided by his arrest and thrown into a prison to await his certain execution.
Suddenly his life had taken a direct hit and it appeared there was no way out. One might wonder how Peter might have felt being incarcerated. Why me Lord? I am a committed follower of you. I am Peter, you know, the rock you were talking about. One might imagine his sadness, betrayal, disappointment, and discouragement. Somehow in the midst of his storm, he was sleeping.
The Bible says in Acts 12: 6 The night before Peter was to be put on trial, he was asleep and bound by two chains. A soldier was guarding him on each side, and two other soldiers were guarding the entrance to the jail.
7 Suddenly an angel from the Lord appeared, and light flashed around in the cell. The chains fell off his hands.
The story goes on to tell how an angle led Peter out of prison, past two groups of soldiers and went to the gates of the city. The gates of the city opened on their own and Peter was set free. Peter, not sure how he had gotten out of that storm of life, thought it was a dream. But God had delivered him from the storm that would have brought certain death to his life.
As our society has been broadsided by the storm of pandemic. We have learned in this storm how to retreat, gather information, regroup, and move forward with a plan of success.
Today in our lives we encounter many other storms. Storms of sin that impact our lives. Storms of bondage that control our lives. Storms of loneliness that leave us secluded. Storms of life controlling issues that push us where we had no intention of ever going.
This is just a few examples of storms we encounter. Storms we did not anticipate. Storms we did not sign up for. But storms that come.
It brings comfort in knowing we serve a God that:
Knows the storm
Knows about every storm
Cares about us during every storm
Provides a way of escape from or through every storm.
The world will seek peace but find no peace without God
They do not know the way of peace,
And there is no justice in their tracks;
They have made their paths crooked,
Whoever treads on them does not know peace.
The Christian finds peace, even in the midst of the storms
“Because he hath set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him”
1 Peter 5:7 (KJV)
Casting all your care on him, for he cares for you
2 Samuel 22:2
And he said: “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer.
The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield…
Today many in society are overwhelmed with fear, panic and no peace of mind or heart. I am glad we can live with the peace of God that passes understanding because we know God is looking out for us.
Whatever you might be facing in your life, whatever may have blindsided or broadsided you (fear, sickness, disease, life controlling issue, dilemma, problem). Turn yourself into the storm and look to a might God who is the author and finisher of your faith. Look to a God who always has you in mind and in heart. Allow His peace and comfort to rule and reign in your life. He’s got this!