God’s Mysterious Ways


Give ear to my prayer, O God; and do not hide Yourself from my supplication. Give heed to me and answer me; I am restless in my complaint and am surely distracted.

~Psalm 55:1-2, NASB95


One of the simplest ways God can get our attention is through a spirit of restlessness.

~Charles F. Stanley

Charles Stanley may be old but he has great insights and he is one of those rare preachers who is more gifted at writing than preaching and he is not a bad preacher. What happens when you hear a siren? If I am driving, the first thing I do is slow down and look. The siren is a warning to be cautious and ready to yield the right of way. Believe it or not, we hear siren’s almost daily in Rockford. We were on Craze Road only a few years, but I never remember hearing sirens on Craze Road. On Iron Man Road or the Lawrence County speedway, you hear them all the time. Usually, June or I will go to the door and see if it is an ambulance, fire truck or law enforcement. The restless spirit is one of God’s sirens; it is a warning that something is not right. It is God’s prompting to look out, look around and look up. It is a reminder that we need Him and need to seek Him.

The wisest thing to do is slow down or even stop. Get alone with God in prayer and ask Him some questions: [1] What are You saying to me? [2] What lesson is there for me to learn in this experience? [3] What am I missing? [4] Is there a sin for me to confess? Do not try to calm the restless spirit with distractions–entertainment, sports, etc. The only balm for this hurt is the presence and grace of Jesus. David was beside himself when he wrote Psalm 55; his restlessness was due to the criticism of his enemies and the hate being vented on him by Saul. This is why David said, “I wish I had the wings of a dove and I could fly away and be at rest.” Fleeing from our problems is human nature but it is not the solution. The key is found in verse 22, “Cast your burdens on the LORD, and He will sustain you.”

During the recent shut-down Word Press forced us to make some changes and this caused those who had the blog set up to go to their email to lose that link. You have to fill out the email info again. Catfish is my tech man and I don’t know what they did but I do know that things are different. A lot of things are similar but there are also many differences. We have been posting since June 14th but many are asking me when I am going back on line. Spread the word, you have to go to our web address…brotherjack.org.

I hope you had a good Father’s Day. I dare not brag but I can’t complain. I am blessed and my heart goes out to the family down south who lost so many lives in the tragic accident. It is a sad reality that no one can explain.

I hope you have a great week and day!

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