Many of you are going through a storm right now. Sickness, addictions, a relationship, financial, job related, fallout from a bad decision, you can name it. I’ve heard it said that we will always be in a trial, going into one or coming out of one. Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33). So we need to be ready for trouble, a trial, a storm. Since we all experience them, let’s look at three ways God works in our storm.
One – He will go through the storm with you. “I am with you always,” (Matthew 28:20), “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5). God said He would be with us always, even in the storm, and He knows what He’s doing so we must trust Him to go through it with us. “Ye though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, thou art with me,” (Psalm 23:4).
Two – He will keep you safe until it passes. “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge;” (Psalm 91:4). Just like a mother hen protects her chicks in dangerous times. He protected Moses from His powerful glory so He will protect us from the enemy’s harm. “When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by.” (Exodus 33:22). Hang on, God is sheltering you.
Three – He will tell it to stop. “And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.” (Mark 4:39). There will be times when Jesus will, at your request, just tell your storm to stop. But we have to remember He will choose which option He will use. We can’t demand He do what we ask. Maybe God choosing to have you go through the storm is for your strengthening or for a purpose He has planned for you in the future. (See the story of Joseph beginning in Genesis 37.)
In your storm, thank God for being there with you, for keeping you safe, and for the future outcome. You will make it if you trust and don’t give up!