WHEN GOD HIDES HIS FACE

WHEN GOD HIDES HIS FACE

The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were frightened.
Jn.6:18,19

Has the Lord ever hidden Himself from you? Sometimes He comes to us at the strangest times and in the most unusual ways. He is always there, satisfying and sustaining us, but sometimes we just don’t “feel it”. That’s how it was for the disciples the night Jesus came to them, walking on the water. There He was, totally in control, right in the middle of the storm. Peter actually walked on the water, that is until he saw the wind and the waves. Does that strike you as odd? When you see God’s power displayed by walking on the water, what difference does it make if the wind is blowing? I have never walked on water on a calm day, I don’t think the wind would make much of a difference. But maybe this is how we all respond. The Lord is always there, providing all of our need, and somehow we take all of that for granted. But when a storm blows in, we become anxious and wonder where the Lord is. Maybe He was in the storm all along, walking on the water, calling us to join Him in this walk of faith.
David displays a similar response in Psalm 55, he is crying out to the Lord because of his enemy’s attacks, David seems to think the Lord has gone into hiding.
“Give ear to my prayer, O God, and hide not yourself from my plea for mercy! Attend to me, and answer me; I am restless in my complaint and I moan, because of the noise of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked. For they drop trouble upon me…”
David sorts through his circumstances, and then He remembered the goodness of the Lord, in a moment of revelation, he gives us the solution to our dilemma.
“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”
Ps.55:22
Cast your troubles on the Lord, He is there in the calm and in the storm, there is no difference with Him. As you roll your troubles over on the Lord, you may catch a glimpse of His sweet face, smiling at you as He walks on the water in the midst of the storm. It seems the storm is not only the place where He hides Himself, but it is the place where He shows Himself to His friends.

3 Replies to “WHEN GOD HIDES HIS FACE”

  1. In Psalm 55 it appears David has been betrayed by ..”a man mine equal, my guide and acquaintance….We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.” In other words, David was blind sided and attacked by a confidant.” Isn’t this the greatest hurt we humans feel? Betrayed by a spouse, friend or human entity which we always trusted to help us and not hurt us. David goes on to say further about the confidant:”The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.” Aren’t these are the exact character traits of the Prince of Darkness who is constantly telling our natural flesh that ‘… you are your own man with your own will – why should you obey Godly commandments, biblical principles or call upon Him in your Spiritual war with your natural flesh’? The Bible warns us about the Prince as being a ‘wolf in sheep clothes ready to devour our souls’. So when we are confronted with such evil it is important to know that our Savior is always close by for us to call upon for help and not to attempt to wage a Spiritual battle outside or within ourselves with only our own natural strength alone. Isaiah 40:31.In His Light and Love.

  2. Yes, we all know God is with us always – yet I too am guilty of being caught up in the moment in the midst of tribulation. So focused on the situation I do not sense my Father as His spirit hovers over me. One such time, not long ago, I cried out to God pleading for His help in my situation as though He was not aware – questioning if I would hear Him or see Him acting in my life.
    It was when I slipped away from the present and calmly and quietly turned my attention from my current circumstance that I heard Him. Isaiah 41:10 rushed to me; – 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.
    It is if He whispered in my ear – “Mark, have I not spoken to you not that long ago?” My earthly circumstances had not changed but His peace washed over me. He had not hidden but my focus had changed from Him to my silly crisis. I got so obsessed with the current situation I could not see the forest from the trees.
    I too cried out like David and then I had to laugh at myself when it was over because much as a child I did not see the ever present help of my loving Father at that moment. What I learned was to remember at any moment I have access to the Throne room of He who created the world my situation exists in. No reason to get dismayed or freaked out – for my Daddy God is in control!
    Empty hands raised high – \o/ – Mark Stephen

  3. Ps. Frank, Amen!! And a triple Amen to that last sentence. When we are at the end of our “natural”, God can come in with His “supernatural” and display his glory. As John Piper says, God does all things for His glory. That’s His right.
    Wendolynn

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