He Never Left(Part 2)

Lyric from Steven Curtis Chapman song titled;

‘Sometimes He Comes In The Clouds”

“🎵These Are The Places I Was So Sure I Will Find Him
I Looked In The Pages And I Looked Down On My Knees
I Lifted My Eyes In Expectation
To See The Sun Still Refusing To Shine🎵

🎵Sometimes He Comes In The Clouds
Sometimes His Face Cannot Be Found
Sometimes The Sky Is Dark And Gray
But Somethings Can Only Be Known🎵

And Sometimes Our Faith Can Only Grow
When We Can’t See
So Sometimes He Comes In The Clouds🎵

🎵Sometimes I See Me A Sailor Out On The Ocean
So Braver And Sure As Long As The Skies Are Clear
But When The Clouds Start To Gather
I Watch My Faith Turn To Fear

🎵But Sometimes He Comes In The Clouds
Sometimes His Face Cannot Be Found
Sometimes The Sky Is Dark And Gray
But Something Can Only Be Known
And Sometimes Our Faith Can Only Grow
When We Can’t See
So Sometimes He Comes In The Clouds🎵

🎵Sometimes He Comes In The Rain
And We Question The Pain
And Wonder Why God Can Seem So Far Away
But Time Will Show Us, He Was Right There With Us🎵

🎵And Sometimes He Comes In The Clouds
Sometimes His Face Cannot Be Found
Sometimes The Sky Is Dark And Gray
But Somethings Can Only Be Known🎵

And Sometimes Our Faith Can Only Grow
When We Can’t See
So Sometimes He Comes In The Cloud🎵

One classical case is Paul from Acts 21:27 to Acts 28(The Final Chapter). Paul was grab(seized), dragged, beaten by the mob of Jews, plots to assassinate him was devised, arrested and jailed by the Commander, arraigned before Felix, jailed and later arraigned before Festus, jailed and later arraigned before King Agrippa and Bernice, jailed and shipped off to be arraigned before Caesar, the ship wrecked by storm and all on board almost lost their lives.
What was his offence/sin? None but the defense of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
But here is the interesting part; in Acts 23:11 the Bible says “The following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome.” And in Acts 27:23-26 Paul says concerning the shipwreck… “For this very night there stood before me an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship, and he said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar. And behold, God has granted you all those who sail with you.’ So take heart, men, for I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told. But we must run aground on some island.”
All through these ordeal, these two scriptures proof God was still with him. So you wonder; if he was doing and fulfilling God’s Will, then why the continuous suffering and threats to his life. Couldn’t God stop all that.?

What about the popular Faith Hall of Fame in Hebrews 11? In this Chapter the Bible mentions great names like Moses, Abraham, Gideon, Samson, David, Prophet Samuel, etc. and says in verse 33-35 “who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received back their dead by resurrection…”
Then strangely and to the contrary, from verses 35-38 the Bible says “Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated— of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth”.

These latter men and women had faith and loved God like the former ones but their circumstances in life were not the same. Why? I don’t know.
But this I know; they all had faith like you, the all loved God like you and God loved them too like He does about you.
As humans, there many things we do not understand about the spiritual world and our God but these two scriptures we are certain of; Hebrews 13:5(b) “…because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” And Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you.”
Don’t lose faith, don’t despair, don’t doubt…God is there and has always been there. He never left. Hold your peace (don’t be afraid), be resolute and you will see the salvation of the Lord…Exodus 14:13

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