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When The Earth Shook and Trembled

“Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of heaven moved and shook, because he was wroth.”

II Samuel 22:8

How many of us can remember standing in our backyard, discussing in a heated manner the size of our father? “My dad is bigger, stronger, and faster than your dad.” Nowadays, a child would almost be locked up for such twisted outlandish thoughts to have confidence in his fathers speed, strength, and size. Humorous how you could almost see your father look for the phone booth to rip off his shirt, as if he was Superman, as you set at the table and told him of the backyard skirmish.

He rises from the table with a cup of brew, goes over to the window, looks across the backyard, and makes his declaration that backs up everything we said in the sandlot incident, “Who did you say your friend was? Your right, they better leave you alone. They dont ever want to see the likes of me stirred up.” Then you smile as you take another bite of your bologna sandwich; the voice that controls the world you live in says, “No one messes with my child.” 

In 2nd Samuel 22, David speaks of how God delivered him out of the hand of his enemies and Saul. As David sings this song, he proclaims it wasnt me at all. “In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple,” and God said that is enough, and “the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of heaven moved and shook, because He was wroth.”

Maybe the reason you are facing distress and have not been delivered, fixed, or your problems solved is you havent sat down at the table with your father and communicated whats going on in the backyard. Its not that He doesn’t know. It is He is waiting on you too need Him.

Our prayer for you this week: May we come to the realization God is waiting on you to need Him, calling out to Him in our moments of distress.

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Josh Shields

Josh Shields and his wife, Janice, founded New Life Church in Berryville, Arkansas in 2011, where he continues to be the residing pastor. He formerly served in different pastoral positions throughout the state of Arkansas and has ministered at various churches, conferences, conventions, and venues throughout the nation. He began his ministry in 1983 at the age of 16, feeling the call at a young age to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He enjoys every opportunity to share Jesus with others through his ministry by speaking, preaching, singing, and writing weekly articles/posts.

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