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November 23, 2013

Reaching Through the Storm (May 2013)

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By Sherry Hubright

Job’s words paint a portrait of a man completely surrendered to the sovereignty of God. Calling God his witness, advocate, intercessor, and friend are amazing attributes to come from the lips of one who is experiencing a full-blown hurricane in his life. In no way do we see Job deny the intensity of the storm or minimize its impact on his life. He literally lost everything. Instead of waiting for the storm to end, Job chooses to reach out through the storm and to his Creator, LORD, and Friend. There is a lesson here, I am sure.

Spending our time waiting for the storm to end is exhausting and futile. I know. I have sacrificed true rest, wrestling with fear. And I have wasted too many hours watching for the dark clouds to dissipate before it was their time. God is teaching me to reach out through the storm. It is far from easy though. The wind, rain, and lightning are intimidating. My tendency is to isolate rather than seek protection in the shadow of His wings. Very honestly, I shut down and shut up.

And then God decides to remind me of His servant Job, the one who could pour out tears to his God. Job’s prayer was pure. He reached out relationally to the LORD and spoke with honest words and raw emotion. Rote prayers were not a part of their friendship. Nor can they mark the relationship I share with the One I call LORD. I am a slow learner but I am learning. Reaching through the storm begins by reaching out and bending the ear of the One who is LORD over all storms.

“Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my sighing. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” Psalm 5:1-3

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