“He who watches over you will not slumber; Israel will never sleep or slumber.” Psalm 121:3-4
Do you remember the story in Matthew 8:23-27 where Jesus is on a boat with His disciples when a humongous storm comes up? The disciples are terrified and rightly so as the boat is taking on water and by all appearances drowning looks like an inevitable fate. They turn to Jesus to save them and find Him … asleep … on a comfy cushion.
A storm is raging and He’s sleeping for heaven’s sake!
But can you relate? Have you ever felt like God was asleep on the job?
Surely He must have been napping when you lost your job, your house, your loved one. And certainly that would explain the unanswered prayers.
The sky is falling in around you so you ascertain God must be asleep. He’s left the boat.
Quite the contrary. Jesus may have been napping but He was fully aware of the circumstances around Him and fully present with His friends. He never left them in the storm. He simply had nothing to fear so with His human body being weary He closed His eyes for forty winks. He had full control the entire time. In verse 26 with but a word He calls the winds to obey and the fury of the sea to be hushed.
This story brings to light three critical facts about the tempests in life.
- It may seem like God is sleeping however He is present with us through every storm. Psalm 121:4 tells us, “Indeed he who watches over Israel will never slumber nor sleep.”
- God is forever and completely in control. Nothing takes place that hasn’t been sifted through His hands. If He isn’t fearful than we shouldn’t be either (Isaiah 12:10).
- God will redeem every hurt, pain and wrong and make it right in His time and to His glory. Colossians 1:20
Friends, be assured that even when it appears that our world is falling apart and God is asleep, He is not.
Making Mondays less mundane with a word from the Word.
Looking forward, pressing on and trusting God.