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FaithView, For Storm Riders:
“Now then, stand still and see this great thing the Lord is about to do before your eyes!”—1 Samuel 12:16
In Samuel’s farewell address to Israel, he gets on their case because they had demanded a king so as to look like all the nations around them. He’s telling them they got what they wanted and that now they better obey the king and God…If they don’t…well…just watch.
Samuel then calls on the Lord, who brings down thunder and rain at a time when it was not expected.
The power of God is an amazing thing. The power of God is something we too often take for granted. The power of God is too often diminished in our eyes because either we are not in close enough relationship with him or because we find comfort in being wowed by the world.
Don’t underestimate the power of the creator of the universe. The best course to take is always to presume he can, will and is capable of anything at any time.
So we have this great thing…Most of us have experienced a great thing God has done. Great. Awesome…But it’s the first thing Samuel says, as a condition, that we may overlook.
In the context of the Scripture, Samuel is essentially saying, “Hold on, you’re going to see something.”
But standing still is not isolated to this one passage.
“And Moses said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today.’”—Exodus 14:13 (NKJ-NIV: “stand firm”)
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”—Psalm 46:10
“Be still before the Lord, all mankind, because he has roused himself from his holy dwelling.”—Zechariah 2:13
Stopping, pausing, waiting and being still might be the hardest thing for all of us in the age of the Smart Phone. Much analysis and discussion have taken place within the church that this may be the toughest time to raise a young person in the Lord.
But it’s not the external forces of evil coming at them/us with the proverbial sword, spear and javelin…But the fear of downtime. The eradication of the ability to consume silence. To accept quiet. The ability to be still, catch a breath, let our senses catch up to the moment and perhaps—perhaps—hear the voice of God.
The culture and the church are in the, “We Have To Do Something Alliance.”
The “We Have To Do Something Alliance” is a cause (condition?) to always be going, to always be working for some great good in an effort to right some great wrong.
…And it might be a great cause…But even in our greatest causes—when we are so wrapped up in the good we sense we must do—we come to lack the ability to stand still. To be still and give the creator of the universe his say.
The Lord may want to show us this great thing, but he can’t get our attention long enough for us to wait for it.
This is no condemnation of being on fire for the Lord…It’s more of a call not to let that fire burn you out because you failed to be still and hear his voice.
In Luke chapter ten, Jesus goes to the home of Martha and Mary. Martha goes to work preparing—most likely—the meal and anything else her guest might need. Mary, however, sits at the Lord’s feet listening to what he has to say…She’s being still…Martha—no doubt feeling abandoned—is hacked because her sister is not helping her. Then Jesus shares.
“’Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.’”—Luke 10:41-42
What is better for us—before we do anything else—than to be still? And see what great thing the Lord wants to do for us–maybe even through us–today, tomorrow and in the times to come.
A VBS Unlike Any Other:
VBS Goes to Rome: The theme for Vacation Bible School this year is “Rome: Paul & The Underground Church”
The dates are June 26-30…Look at your calendar…share with your friends…Pray for Seana Zilbert, who is directing…Make plans to volunteer.
You can sign up your child and their friends here on our website. Look the button up top, click, and follow.
Burbank Faith now has a Twitter account. You can follow us at; @BurbankFaithNaz
Check out Burbank Faith on YELP and be sure to write a review of our church.
July is Camps Month: Remember July is camps month…Junior High, High School & Kids will all have separate camps at Granite Ridge.
District Assembly is July 12-14
(It is one month later this year due to General Assembly (Indianapolis) being held June 21-30.)
SrHi Camp: July 16-21
Kids Camp: July 23-28
JrHi Camp: July 30-August 4
“Big September” every Thursday in the month of September (7, 14, 21, 28)…Old Testament overview. We’ll feed you and care for the kids. Mark your calendar. Big September is just like Big Wednesday times four…
Did You Know?
On this date…
…In 1541, In Germany, the Ratisbon (Regensburg) Conference ended, its mission to reunify the Catholic Church having failed. From this time on, the Protestant movement became permanent.
…In 1740, English revivalist George Whitefield wrote in a letter: “We must all have the spirit of martyrdom, though we may not all die martyrs.”
May 23 Women’s Bible Study—7:00 PM
All Church Prayer Time: 7—to—7:30 PM
Worship Team Practices: 7:30 PM
Adult Bible Study—1 Samuel 18—7:30 PM May 21: VBS planning meeting, following morning worship.
May 28: Sunday Service, 10:30 AM…Sunday evening “Prayer Hour” from 6-to-7:00 PM
May 29: Memorial Day
June 3: Men’s Breakfast at Harry’s, 8:00 AM
June 26-30: VBS Week
“Big September” every Thursday in the month of September (7, 14, 21, 28)
As believers, we have to remain in continual prayer for all of our first responders…all our leaders…not a political party but for those carrying the heavy burden of leadership in our country and communities.