A Flood, A Fire, A Fish

This morning I was getting ready to go to the monthly Ladies meeting and it was one of those times that everything that could go wrong DID go wrong! I was feeling a little desperate when I finally got in the van and started to turn out of my driveway my steering wheel locked and wouldn’t move! I finally made it to the meeting even though I was late. After that I went to the grocery store and with my cart full went to the check out and wouldn’t you know it, I never carry only one card but on this special day I had decided to travel light and just had one debit card which happened to be EXPIRED! Imagine the glee of the long line of people behind me, as I had to go to my out and retrieve another means of purchasing my goods! With my things redeemed I plodded back to my vehicle with the cold wind whipping my hair in my face while the shawl I had pulled tightly around my shoulders flew away. I climbed up into the van cold, embarrassed and ready for this day to be over.  First I thought of the scripture in Psalms 34:6 “This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.” Although I am quite sure that the psalmist King was in a good deal more trouble when he penned that than I was, at that very moment it seemed appropriate! Then I thought of Jonah 2:7 While in the belly of the great fish he said, ““When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord; and my prayer went up to You, Into Your holy temple.” By this time I was feeling quite sorry for myself (now you know that is very tongue in cheek, right?) My point is that we all have those days at times isn’t that so? How many of you are having trouble? Sometimes our trouble can change the direction we are going in helping us to find our way, and other times it just teaches us obedience and causes us to pray more seriously than our normal bedtime and morning prayers, right? As I was thinking of this, I thought about some characters in the Bible from whom we could learn a lesson. First there is Noah. Now the world was in chaos! Genesis 6:5-8 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. I imagine there were times that the “grace” didn’t feel so good; people were making fun of him, building that giant Ark in his yard, and for what? RAIN? Never even heard of it! Yet he followed God’s plan perfectly, every detail. The ridicule stopped when the rain started and the waters began to rise. People were pounding on the sides of that great ship begging him to open the door for them. He could not; God had shut the door of that floating zoo of both animals and people. When Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, stood up for their faith in the Almighty God, Daniel was fed to the lions and his friends were put in the furnace, but on both occasions God intervened. When Daniel was thrown into the den of hungry lions, God sent an angel to shut their mouths for the whole night. In the morning when the King investigated and found him alive, he threw the guards and their families into the lion’s den and they poor souls were caught mid-air and became a feast for the beasts. Then when the “Three Hebrew Children” were tossed into the furnace, which had been heated seven times hotter than usual, the heat coming from that oven actually killed the men that put them there, but the Angel of the Lord was with them and they came out smelling like roses instead of fire and smoke! The King looked in on them he said, “Did we not cast three men into the fire? I see four men walking around in there unharmed, and the form of the forth man is like unto the Son of God!” I would say their faithfulness in the time of ridicule and their willingness to stand the test of those in authority which demanded that they give up their belief in God, paid off for them! Obedience saved Noah with his family, as well as Daniel and his three companions who had had been kidnapped and taken to Persia. God can also use roadblocks to turn us in the right direction, look at Jonah. God told him to go to Nineveh, about 500 miles from where he was, and because he was terrified to take the message God gave him for those people, he got on a ship headed to Tarshish, 2500 miles away! God sent a storm and end of the story; Jonah was tossed overboard and picked up by a great fish! That doesn’t sound like a picnic, but if you read chapter 2, quoted earlier, you see that he repented and the fish gave him a free ride to the shores of Nineveh and then literally vomited him up onto the beach, mission accomplished! He delivered his message and the people were spared. What is God trying to do with you during this time of your trial? Is He asking for obedience? Is He going to have to send a great fish to take you to your assignment, or lions and a fire to test your obedience? Remember this, obedience brings deliverance!

2 Replies to “A Flood, A Fire, A Fish”

  1. Poor baby!!! Snuggle under the covers and have sweet dreams. The devil must me really scared of you after messing with you like that today!! Love u

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