There are times when being detained seems much like being arrested.
Mark 4:37 – And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
When we speak of this second kind of storm, one sent by the Lord to arrest you, it may also be seen as detainment for a time allowing a God-desired event to occur in your life. Jonah was arrested to be brought to a point of repentance, and ultimate successful service to the Lord. And if we look further back, we see the Lord using Jacob’s thinking as an arresting, or detaining element to bring about a reconciliation between brothers that the Lord desired.
Jacob had been greatly blessed with a large family and great riches. But when he realized he was about to encounter his brother, Esau, he worried what Esau might do because of what he and his mother had done to gain Isaac’s blessing that should had been, in truth, swindled from Esau. Jacob was doing all he could to prevent Esau from potentially bringing harm to his wives and children, especially Rachel and her children. If possible, he would have avoided this meeting altogether. But his thinking effectively paralyzed any real progress toward that end. God used this, delaying Jacob’s forward progress so this encounter would take place. God wanted reconciliation between brothers, and it made no difference what Jacob thought.
Finally, when the brothers met, Jacob was really taken aback by Esau’s approach, kindness, love, and sharing. In this there was not a natural storm, but there certainly was one in Jacob’s mind. Delay, a momentary arresting, brought about reconciliation, and no one was hurt. A look back to Jonah’s situation shows us similar results. When God sends a storm to arrest someone, while many other people may be affected by the storm, God sees to it that others are not hurt. Though the ship and all on it were caught in a terrible storm, when His arrest of Jonah had finally taken place, and Jonah was incarcerated in the great fish, the storm ceased, and no one was hurt by the devices the Lord used.
Consider your own life. Have there been times when the Lord has arrested you? If He has, you can look back on that time and see that others were not hurt by that which the Lord sent to arrest you. Do you think you might be in an arresting storm now? If you are, submit yourself to the Lord. Draw closer to Him, and He will draw closer to you. He’s calling you to turn around. He will meet you at your U-turn, and that which follows may be the supernatural time of your life you’ve ever known. Wait no longer. Put yourself in His custody. There’s work to do that has your name on it.
Manna for Today – Mark 4:35-41; Romans 8:1-17; 2 Timothy 2:15; Jonah; Genesis 33; James 4:7-12