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Hidden Life

The old potter stands up from his wheel with a glimmer of a smile. He has made many vessels but this one he feels is something special. He lifts it onto the wooden shelf and closes the door of the drying cupboard. He knows he’ll have to wait a while now before he can use it but he also knows the shelf will protect it from damage while it hardens. Shutting it up in the dark cupboard will make sure it doesn’t dry out to too quickly.
Sometimes after we have felt the great Potters hands around us, we seem to be put aside on the shelf and left to dry out. Just when we feel ready for promotion in the kingdom, it seems we’re overlooked by those who should be looking over us.  But God is just drying you out, allowing you to harden up so you are able to take knocks without losing shape.
But there is a greater reason that God hides us away and we are feel hidden from sight. It enables us to realize where our life is really found. God’s word tells us that our life is hidden with Christ in God. Col 3:2 This refers to our true source of Life.
So while we are hidden, we are meant to find something else that is hidden too - our life that is in Christ! Our life is not found in ministry or a new position, or being popular or centre stage. It’s not in being a friend of the pastor, or being used each week, or feeling vitally integrated with everybody in the Church, but in Jesus.

Friend, it’s good to be useful and busy in ministry in the Church but if we don’t work out where our life is, we will get discouraged or disillusioned while serving. When believers don’t find their life in Christ, they burn out or drop out.  If they go to another church, they still don’t find what they are looking for, because they are looking for Life in all the wrong places. We must find our Life in Him.

Water Walking

It was midnight when the disciples got down to the edge of the lake. There was a cool breeze blowing and some were wondering if the sea was going to get rough.  Once in the boat, they had crossed most of the lake by three in the morning when the storm struck and this time Jesus was not in the boat with them.

They had been rowing with all their strength and were probably disappointed that Jesus seemingly had left them to cope alone and that they were making no progress towards the other side. But as usual Jesus was planning progress in their walk of faith. Their stationary boat represented their life; difficult, uncomfortable and seemingly pointless. They were rowing hard but getting nowhere, representing the best they could do with who they were at the time but Jesus planned to take them further by getting them out of the boat.

Sometimes when God is trying to shift us to something new, the things we used to be able to do, the status quo, just seems to get harder. We wonder why we struggle so much to do what we’re used to doing. We think it must be a phantom but it’s the wind of God and what seems to be the enemy opposing us, is actually Jesus assisting you to a new level of faith and walk in the spirit.

Jesus is always calling us to a new position, to a new perspective and a greater experience of His presence and power. But we can only to get to that new place by getting out of the boat. Maybe you feel that your boat is in a storm, that you are rowing as hard as you can but with seemingly little progress.  

Friend, Jesus is drawing near- listen to His voice above the storm and hear His invitation because I have found, that when Jesus wants you to go further than you ever thought possible, you will probably need to get out of the boat.

The Divine PurposeJIM Shaw
STORMS

As the boat slipped effortlessly out into the harbour from the bustling docks at Joppa, Jonah sat down on a coil of rope. He felt pleased that his plan was working but he also felt some foreboding in his heart. Although Jonah was running from the Lord, thankfully God was preparing a great storm and a great fish to help Jonah succeed in his ministry. The storm was beyond his control, uninvited and unpleasant but completely within the control of God, and God used the storm to blow Jonah to his assignment.

Mostly we don’t volunteer to go to the places where growth and the stretching of our faith takes place but Gods faithfully blows us there in His storms. “The LORD is slow to anger and great in power.... The LORD has His way In the whirlwind and in the storm...” (Nahum 1:3)   In His storms, people that are against you, like the sailors who threw Jonah overboard, are unwittingly part of Gods plan to help us stay on course. Our difficult circumstances are all conspiring for our success.  Most of all, God wants to reveal Himself to us in a way that He never could without the storm. Jonah learned how sovereign and faithful God is and found out how much God loves sinners.

Friends, right now in the midst of your storm, whether people or circumstances,  hold on to Him and look to Him, because Father wants to reveal to you something of Himself, that you can only see by going through the storm and He is preparing your “fish” to help you succeed.