Why Are You Afraid (1)
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Why Are You Afraid? Safety in the Storm

Our dog Cupcake is terrible in a storm. We have tried for years to train her to stay in the backyard. We’ve even patched the hole in the screened-in porch that she catapults through to get to the carport.

Cupcake can’t stand storms.

She knows we go out the door to the carport, so if we don’t catch what she’s done, she will try to come into the kitchen when we open the door to the garage.

She just knows she wants to be safe where her master is.

She wants out of the storm.

As I write this, today is a stormy day like that. I just got a notice that 70-mile-an-hour winds are headed our way. No cakewalk for Cupcake — or for us.

And then, I’m reminded of something interesting.

As I studied Genesis chapter 8, I realized a profound truth.

We see God talking to Noah in Genesis 7 when he said,

“Enter the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you alone are righteous before me in this generation.” Then, we see that “Noah did everything that the Lord commanded him.” 
(Genesis 7:5) 

Then, we see that Noah was 600 years old. Noah noted the exact date that the flood started and that on that day the flood started, they entered the ark, and “then the Lord shut him in.”

Then, we see a lot of days. For 40 days the flood continued. The water surged for 150 days. Then, we see the exact date that the ark rested on Mount Ararat.

Finally, we see again that

“Then God to spoke to Noah, “Come out of the ark, you, your wife, your sons, and your sons’ wives with you. Bring out all the living creatures that are with you…” (Genesis 8:15-16) 

So, there are two things we can notice:

1. Noah is Counting the Days in His Storm

Maybe he used those tally marks like you see prisoners use to count the days they are in prison. With all those smelly animals, I’d also count the days. I won’t let Cupcake in the house; I can’t imagine having Cupcake and her doggie-man and a bunch of other smelly animals in there with me!

Like elephants! Whew! Mucking those stalls would have been terrible.

But we see that Noah is counting the days.

I sure counted the days when my foot was broken. I wanted to walk. It was exactly forty days for me. (Imagine that! I just smile at God’s kindness.)

When we are in the midst of a trial, we can often count the days. We can feel like the storm is raging, and we wonder where our Master is in the storm. We might feel like He’s asleep.(Matthew 8:23-27) When the disciples were in the storm and Jesus was asleep in the back of the boat on a cushion, they woke Jesus up and said, “Save us! We will drown.” He replies. “Why are you afraid?”

Good question. Why are we afraid? Are we shivering like Cupcake in the garage during a storm, trying to find a moment to burst into the throneroom and just hang out at the Master’s feet? Do we need His constant assurance He is with us?

Look no further than God’s Word.

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10

No matter what you’re enduring. You’re never alone. God is not asleep. He is not off on a trip. He is there even when you don’t know it.

"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." Psalm 23:4
"And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Matthew 28:20

You might be counting the days, but our God knows you so intimately that he even counts the hairs of your head. (Luke 12:7)

And when you wonder why bad things happen, just remember that we live on earth. This is not heaven. This earth is a hard and difficult place full of storms, and our God never leaves us alone. He has sent us a comforter in his Holy Spirit. (John 14:26)

Oh, what a God we serve. Not only does He forgive us, but He is with us! (2 Chronicles 13:12) God with Us! (Matthew 1:23, Isaiah 7:14) Emmanuel!

Apply This: If you struggle with feeling alone, write down some verses that remind you that God is with you and memorize them. In those times you struggle with feeling alone in your storm, speak those verses out loud to yourself to remind yourself that you are not alone. See what happens!

2. We Have No Record of God Speaking During the Storm

God spoke before and shut Noah in the Ark.

It looks like Noah noted all of the times God spoke. There’s no record of God speaking to Noah during the storm.

God told him the storm was coming.

God told him to build a boat and to take the animals and his sons and their wives and his wife.

However, we don’t have any record of the Lord speaking to Noah during the storm.

We do know that after the 150 days, “God remembered Noah and caused a wind to pass over the earth and the water began to subside.” But even then, we don’t know that God spoke to Noah.

When we’re suffering, it can seem like forever.

When I suffered with my broken foot, certainly sometimes there were days I felt forgotten. But I wasn’t. God was working to heal me up. I knew I was to be patient and to seek Him. I had a lot of time alone and perhaps learned what it meant to be happy alone for the first time in my life.

But do we ever wonder why God goes quiet?

Henry Blackaby, in Experiencing God (a study that changed my life for the good), teaches that when you hear from God, keep doing that thing until you hear something else.

But why do we need constant reinforcement? Why are we like my dog Cupcake and lie weak and begging to come inside?

  • Are you on a path that you believe God set you on?
  • Did you pray and seek Him in the past and believe He gave you a plan?
  • Are you in the middle of that plan, frustrated and wondering if God remembers you?
  • Do you desire to hear from God daily?

God was so silent!

Once when I was a young Mom and so busy with young children, I felt God was silent. I felt like He just wasn’t talking to me. I was so busy. I was so tired. After praying for days, I was cooking and realized that if I wanted to hear from God, I could hear from Him anytime, anywhere. I just needed to open the Bible. I had to be committed to what I call a “quiet time.”

Jesus had three habits that we know of:

  1. He read Scripture. (Luke 4:16-20)
  2. He prayed alone. (Luke 4:42)
  3. He taught people Scriptures. (Luke 4:31, Luke 4:43-44)

Now, remember that John tells us in chapter 1,

"The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us."

Jesus was the Word. He is the Word. Now if the very Word of God constantly read Scripture, don’t I know I need to as well.

"It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it." Isaiah 55:11

Apply This: Are you reading your Bible daily? Not like a verse at the top of a devotional. That is like trying to survive the day eating a Tic Tac. Like reading a chapter, or using a 365 Bible to read your Bible through or reading a chapter of Proverbs? If you want to hear from God, start there. Ask Him to explain His Word to you, and adopt a plan and start now.

In Conclusion

God said He’d save me (Romans 10:9) if I confessed with my mouth “Jesus is Lord” and believe in my heart that God raised Jesus from the dead that I would be saved. This is the truth. I know it. Because Jesus is the Truth. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life and no one comes to the Father except through Him. (John 14:6)

Jesus is our ark in the storm. He keeps us safe. He never lets us go. He is our shield and our very great reward. (Genesis 15:1) He will never leave or forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5) He is our ever-present help in times of trouble. (Psalm 46:1) You and I are a masterpiece created before time began to do good works in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:10) He is faithful. (1 John 1:9)

I could go on. But for now, I’ve shared with you God’s Word. I am praying that He will be as faithful as He always is to use His Word to accomplish His purpose in You today. You are loved.

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