“What is a storm? Is it a test, a challenge, an obstacle? You never really understand a storm until you are in one, but the other side of the storm, that is another thing altogether. The storm is going to cost you something, there is no getting around it. Whether it gives something back is entirely up to you.” ― Rick Delmonico
Every year, we should be able to count our blessings, somehow or someway. When we find ourselves wanting to complain, we have to take a moment and look back over our lives to see how good God has been to us. By now, I’m sure you’re saying, God has been really good to me.
When you’re in the midst of a raging storm, don’t cover your ears. God has a lot to say; you need to listen because He will speak. I know the storms of life can be so tumultuous and they can beat vehemently upon our hearts. But you have been given the Holy Spirit “The Comforter” to help you stand firm.
Trust me. God is not asleep.
As the disciples were on the boat with Jesus during a storm, they cried out. ‘We’re going to drown! Lord, save us’ (v.25). He spoke to the storm and the winds cease to blow. In due season, God will speak to your storm too. He did that for His disciples as they were on a boat. God spoke to the winds “Peace, Be Still!” Matthew 8:23-24.
Don’t cover your ears, God is speaking.
Jesus went on to ask the disciples a question…‘Why are you so afraid?’ v.26a When God is up to shoveling you into your purpose, unfortunately, the path that He takes us through is generally wrought with thickets and thorns. Nothing worth having will ever come so easily or without opposition. You will eventually find out, whether you are anchored in the storms. The storms will come and our fears will be confronted. God compares our faith in Him to a house that was built upon a rock. Matthew 7:24-27 says, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” You have to face your fears knowing God is bigger than any storm that you are facing.
Something, somewhere, someday will go wrong. It’s inevitable.
God allows the path to be difficult because He intends to strengthen our faith as He is preparing us for our place of promise. When we find ourselves trapped in the storms of life, it is important to take a moment to find inner peace. Many times we panic or get angry. Yet, a calm mind, though, will help us find solutions as God steers us through the storms of life. Even, if we don’t see God moving. It doesn’t mean that He’s not.
Remember, we are the apple of His eye. In Proverbs 7:2 we are to hold godly wisdom in high regard as the valuable thing it is. The prayer in Psalm 17:8 is for God to keep guard over us as He would the pupil of His own eye. God’s tender, loving affection provides complete protection for His people. Everyone will struggle with the storms of life at some point. Those storms can be of our own making or pressed upon us by an external source.
Regardless of where they originate, the Bible offers us reassurance and encouragement to keep moving forward. The Scriptures remind us that we are never alone in our times of trial and that God will see us through our suffering. Trust, the situation is working for our good because He loves us. Even if we are struggling to understand the lessons, He is teaching us at that moment.
Anchor yourself through in the word of God until your change comes.