Thursday, July 5, 2012

Can You Recognize Him?

     Paul was worried about his family during the storm.  He cried out to God, "Help us please!"  The waters were four feet up on the house, during which time a man in a canoe came by and rescued Paul's family, but Paul stayed in the house.  He cried to his family.  "God will save me!"  The waters rose over the house and he got on the roof.  A helicopter came over the house and a man yelled down at him, "I can save you!"  But Paul was waiting for God to save him.  He was eventually drowned by the flood and was taken to heaven, where he asked God, "Why didn't you help me Lord?"  God answered, "I gave you a canoe and a helicopter when the waters were rising and you refused, so now you are here with Me.  Paul was stunned.  He didn't realize that God gave him the help he needed, but Paul just ignored His help and he died.

     This story has been told in many ways and every time I read or hear it I am reminded that when we ask God for help, He doesn't come down to earth Himself to help us, but He uses people and circumstances to help us.  He may even allow us to suffer tremendously before we submit to His help.  When you are at your wits end, cry out to Him and plead for Him to save you.  It may not be in a way you planned, but how He planned.  Don't look the other way when God is wanting to pull you out of a flood of trials and circumstances.  Watch intently for God's "hands" to reach out and save you.  He knows what's best for all of us.

     Don't be like the man, Paul, when the flood was rising and He ignored God's help.  Be in tuned with God and listen for Him.  If you call Him, He will answer you in ways that you may not understand at the time, but in your best interest.  He never leaves you or forsakes you in your trials.  Call on Him today.

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