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.
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.”
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.