Monday, January 27, 2014

Comfort in God's Consistency

Without fail the sun rises and sets; you can bank on it. What you can't predict is what it will look like. Some evenings when the sun goes down it paints the sky in the most beautiful shades of pink and orange. I've seen a few gorgeous sunsets but I've never been able to capture its glorious colors with my camera. Then there are some days that it just preforms its duty by rising and setting. 

The only time God has ever threw his people off their groove with the sun was thousands of years ago and it hasn't happened since. Joshua 10:12-14 says,
Then Joshua spoke to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, "O sun, stand still at Gibeon, And O moon in the valley of Aijalon." So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, Until the nation avenged themselves of their enemies. Is it not written in the book of Jashar? And the sun stopped in the middle of the sky and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day. There was no day like that before it or after it, when the LORD listened to the voice of a man; for the LORD fought for Israel.
Pretty interesting story. During battle Joshua asked the Lord to not let the sun go down so they could continue to fight in daylight. We don't know why God chose to answer Joshua's request, but I do know that leading up to that moment Joshua had a proven track record of obedience and faithfulness to the Lord. I am not suggesting that everyone who is faithful and obedient will be granted every request by God, but I do know that when you walk with Him he hears you and he listens. And if you feel like you've been distant from Him know that He is still there; constant like the sun. 

I'm reminded of another scripture in Hosea 6:3, 
As surely as the sun rises he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.
Find comfort in God's consistency. The sun rises every morning and The Son will be there for you every morning. He will appear. There may be seasons of silence and if you've been in a place that seems alone and desolate He is still there. The Lord will fight for you as he fought for Israel. 

That is what I love about the Lord. You can find Him in all things; in stories, in creation, in silence, in chaos, and in the sun.

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