There’s an old song by the Clark Sisters entitled, “I Told the Storm.” The lyrics began by addressing the storms of life or the enemy: “Even though your winds blow I want you to know You cause me no alarm cause I'm safe in His arms.” Every time I hear this song, a passionate response is evoked within my spirit. I began to think of all the storms in life I have encountered. Even more passion-invoking are the outcomes of the storms, which is what cause the zeal to burst forth. I began praising Him and thanking Him for all that He has done, and it’s not unusual for tears to spring forth and for me to be rendered speechless.
Perhaps your situation is not quite like this, but you feel a certain emotion that grows strong as you think of the obstacles you’ve overcome. But why is it that although we know things have worked in our favor in the past, as soon as another storm arises, we become fearful once more? We are psychologically trained to be fearful of the world we live in, and we struggle daily to live in the glory because we know we’re not worthy.
It does not matter that we’re not worthy of His awesome glory, His omnipotent protection, or His abundant provision. We are His children, and as such He shall provide everything that we have need of to survive this life and the storms in it. We simply must ask (Matthew 7:11). He promises to give whatever we ask in His name so that the Father will receive glory in the Son (John 14:13). This does not mean that you can ask with abandon for whatever you want. It must align with His Word and promises. You must have faith that He will do what you ask, not doubting His faithfulness or His omnipotence.
There are times when you may have asked for something that did not come to pass. I know that I have. I have faced challenges that did not come out quite the way I prayed for or anticipated. Feeling let down, I succumbed to my feelings and danced the night away at a private pity party. There were no other guests invited, only myself and Holy Spirit. He stood quietly against the wall like a wallflower. Like a gentleman, He patiently waited for me to dry my tears before giving me the apparent revelation that had been there all along. The door was closed for my good, or the storm was a necessary test.
Some storms are meant for us to go through. The tests and trials that come in this life are meant to shape our characters, build our strength, and mold us more into the image of Christ (1 Peter 5:10). Once we have gone through the trial and come out on the other side like gold, we can look back at the strength and wisdom gained. Only then can we begin to share our testimony with someone else in need. Only then can we truly begin to give our Heavenly Father the glory, which is due Him. When you encounter a storm in life, focus on the lesson to avoid repeating the test.
Do you not think that your Heavenly Father does not know the trials that will rise up against you? Of course, He does. He is organized and controlled. He is not a god of chaos; therefore, He will have a plan for everything that comes along. He orders and controls all things. In Mark 6:45-51, Jesus sends His disciples in the boat to travel to the other side of Bethsaida. He remains with the crowd to dismiss them as His disciples go ahead of Him. Well, we know that they began to struggle with the oars as the wind came against them. Upon seeing Jesus in the storm, they become fearful, believing Him to be a ghost. Instantly, He gave them encouragement and told them to no longer fear. He let them know that He was not only in their midst, but had control of the wind as it instantly calmed when He stepped foot into the boat.
It’s the same way today. He has control over the storms of your life and will give you peace, which surpasses all understanding, if you simply stay focused on Him. Remember when Peter came out on the water to Christ, but he began to sink? It was because he took his eyes off Jesus. We have to keep our eyes on Jesus in the midst of our storms if we plan to succeed, have peace, and overcome.
Trust Him to give you peace, and place your hope in Christ when storms arise.
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