Saturday, July 14, 2012

God's Ways are Mysterious - Prayer is the Answer

I've been hearing on the news how in some parts of the United States there are torrential rains and flooding. While here in the Midwest we continue to grow weary with the drought. Farmers are losing their crops, grass is almost all turned brown, and the local lake levels are shrinking drastically. This is one of many of the mysteries of God's ways. In the Old Testament, there were many times God allowed drought to occur, often lasting years. On the other hand, we all have heard of the greatest rain and flood of all times, with the story of Noah and the Ark. Why does God allow this?
There are many reasons He allows such opposite things to happen...Read this article to learn how God explained the use of natural disasters to discipline His people:

Why Does God Allow Us To Suffer In Natural Disasters?

Below are some great picture verses describing what we need to be doing and Who we should be seeking help from.....

I know many people and areas in our country are suffering loss. We thirst for something, but we don't think it's God, when in reality it is He who saves us!!

Do we earnestly seek Him, thirst and long for HIM?

If we seek Him the Bible says God opens the springs, the rivers, and the fountains in the midst of the valleys! Only God can quench our thirst spiritually and physically!

As Followers of Christ, we need to be on our knees every day and asking God to deliver us from our hardships and difficulties. Read this great story from the Bible!

What is desperately needed in our society today are more men and women who, like Elijah, can have an Elijah-like impact on this society. The thing that made him effective in his day of spiritual and moral decadence was his prayer life. We (including myself) totally underestimate the power of prayer!
Whether you are in an area where there has been NO rain for weeks/months or you have been in the midst of flooding from too much rain - PRAY! LIKE YOU HAVE NEVER PRAYED BEFORE!! GOD HEARS YOUR PRAYERS!!

But God has surely listened
    and has heard my prayer.
Praise be to God,
    who has not rejected my prayer
    or withheld his love from me!
(Psalm 66:19-20)

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  1. Very inspiring post and beautifully illustrated. The link re: why does God allow us to suffer in natural disasters fits this post perfectly.

    Thank you for sharing this thought provoking study.

    1. Oh, I'm so glad you were blessed here, Wendy! I thought the link was perfect for this, too! Some people get offended that we suggest that God may be punishing or trying to teach us something, but if He did it in the O.T., why wouldn't he do it today?

  2. Thank you for placing this blog on blog of the week. My blog page is "Sandy, Walk With me" I fell close to God in my Garden He makes the flowers grow. We have had a week of rain after not having any for 3 weeks. But we have not lost too many flowers.

    1. I agree, Sandy! I often go to my garden to be closer to Him! I'm glad you still have many growing flowers! I have a few tough stragglers, but most of mine haven't survived too well. I try to water them every day, but even that isn't enough for some. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. This is a wonderful post, full of great promises from God. I'm glad we can't understand His ways. If we could, He wouldn't be much of a God, would He?

    1. So true, Bettyl! God's power and wisdom is beyond anything we could imagine on this earth! Thanks for sharing your comment!

  4. Thanks so much for linking up at SAST. I love your post, and the pictures are so beautiful. Yes, the Lord does allow opposition in all things, so we have the opportunity to choose good over evil. Have a blessed weekend!

    1. Thanks, Jean! I'm glad you enjoyed this. Blessings to you!

  5. I like that...never give up. Your post is so encouraging.

    1. oh, thank you, Sarah! I won't. God is listening and only He will give us relief!!!

  6. Hi Ann,
    Loved all your pictures and scriptures.......but mostly I loved how you
    told the truth.............
    Cause it is only in seeking HIM that we will find the rest and comfort we need, and that includes rain or whatever our need is.........
    Blessings, Nellie


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