I’m definitely a land-lover – solid ground beneath my feet … doesn’t get any better than that.
I suspect that’s pretty natural. We all like security. Given a choice of safety and security on the one hand … and uncertainty and risk on the other, well … it’s pretty much a no-brainer, isn’t it?
And yet often in life, you and I, we find ourselves out on a stormy ocean in what appears to be a rudderless boat. The waves crashing over the bow, the boat filling with water, pitching violently, listing – and so often that’s the place we discover that the motor’s out, that the rudder’s gone … that we’re at the complete mercy of the storm.
How do you hear God speak to you?
And never is the answer to that question more important than out there on that stormy ocean. Because if we believe in Jesus, it’s out there in that storm that we kind of expect Jesus to show up. It’s out there in that storm with our lives in danger of being swamped, that we need power and direction. And yet so often, it’s out there in that storm that we discover the shallowness and directionlesness and powerlessness of our relationship with Jesus.
So … what to do? How do we hear from God in that place? How do we get depth and direction and power happening in our relationship with Jesus in that place?
Before we explore the answer, can I make something clear? My answer doesn’t come from a text book, or a prepared sermon. It comes from my experience on that stormy ocean. It comes from being in places of fear. It comes from meeting Jesus in real life.
The only way I’ve discovered to hear from God in the storm is to stop, close the door, and open my Bible.
Does that mean that God doesn’t speak to us in other ways. Of course not – the Holy Spirit is the most amazingly creative communicator. Problem is, I find it so hard to hear Him in the storm, over the noise, over the waves of fear.
The worse the storm, the more time I’ll take alone with Jesus – and as counterintuitive as that is for me, it works. It’s the only thing that does. Because there is such power in God’s Word.
So please forgive me if I’m stating the blindingly glimpsingly obvious, but I know that when we’re afraid, the obvious can be anything but obvious.
The Word of God isn’t just that book gathering dust up on the shelf. It’s so much more …
The Word of God creates something out of nothing … which is exactly what we need out on that stormy ocean I would have thought!
… by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water … (2 Peter 3:5)
Solid land out of water … definitely what I’m looking for out on that stormy ocean. Hows about you?
It’s absolutely true. Men and women struggle sometimes to understand one another. So all you women out there – I want to help you understand the “male ego” as it’s called. Often, it gets a bad rap. But it’s part of how we men are made, and any woman who understands it, has just unlocked the door to her man’s heart.
As you can imagine, I receive many, many emails from listeners. Every now and then, one leaps out. This one from Therese in Scotland will make you want to cry and to rejoice. I’ve resisted the temptation to comment further. Just read the email exchange and be blessed.
So many couples – way too many couples – live a passionless marriage. With all my heart, I’m here to tell you that’s not what God has planned for you. Marriage is meant to be a deep, intimate, passionate, life-long relationship. And there’s a very simple way to recapture the passion; to put the spark back into your marriage. It’s the power of a kiss.
by Berni Dymet
Five 10-minute sessions on one CD. So often we’re looking for a miracle. And God chooses to work through the mundane. Maybe it’s time for a bit of spring cleaning. Join Berni Dymet on this CD as he looks at spring cleaning the different rooms of our lives – from A Different Perspective.