It’s so interesting and comforting to me that God spoke to Job “out of the storm” (Job 38:1 and 40:6). Sometimes, I think it’s so easy to loose sight of God in the midst of the storm, just like Job did. In the middle of his suffering, He lost sight of who God is and focused more on his own circumstances than the power and sovereignty and might of God. He allowed the storm to shroud who God was and what that meant for Job’s life and suffering. And I know that we are no different in the midst of our own storms.
But God spoke out of a mighty storm, and I don’t think that’s a coincidence. He spoke out of the storm and reestablished His might and sovereignty. But He also restored Job. He strengthened Job and restored his faith and trust in God. And I think that’s truly beautiful. Because I know God does the same for us, if we’ll be like Job and simply listen to Him and allow Him to shape us and restore us.
Just because the storm is raging around you, that doesn’t mean that God has left you, quite the opposite. God is in the midst of the storm with you, and He’s longing to speak to you through it, if you’ll simply listen. Stop paying attention to the storm and turn your eyes to the One who commands the wind and the waves.
When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
“And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. 8 So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.
“Pray, then, in this way:
‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. ‘Give us this day our daily bread. ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’
For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.
It is really important for me to remind myself to Be still and know God is in control, and is with me while i look around and see how things have got difficult and different. God is not done yet. He is working all things together for our good. God will provide.
Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi: “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life, Amen.”