Storms in life will come. They have no respect of person and they don’t come with advance notice. Whether it’s a relationship storm, family storm, financial storm, or an emotional storm, a storm is going to show up when a storm is necessary.
Necessary? Yes, every storm is necessary and every storm has a purpose. Your storm is talking to you, it’s telling you something about you. The purpose of a storm is always difficult to see when we’re looking at the storm outside of us or going on around us.
Most of us, most of the time, are looking at what they did, what they didn’t do, how could they, why now or why me. That’s normal. When a storm hits, we all go somewhere — emotionally. Some say they immediately go to the Lord but as for the rest of us, we go down before we go up. We go down in our feelings, and the lower we go, the bigger the storm gets.
Remember when Peter got out of the boat, and walked on water? Catch the revelation: “But when he saw the strength of the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” (Matthew 14:30). It wasn’t the storm that caused Peter, or us, to sink. Peter saw the storm, and his fear of what he saw caused him to sink.
Peter had a problem with fear and anger — not storms. When Peter feared for his life in the courtyard, he denied Christ 3 times (Mark 14:66-72). See, when a storm came up, Peter would either shrunk in fear or blow up in anger: “Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear” (John 18:10). The Apostle Paul had to pull Peter’s coat tail about his fear: “When Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group“ (Galatians 2:11-13).
What do storms typically bring out of you? Where do your storms typically take you emotionally? Do you tend to sink before you think? Listen, we all believe or can keep calm when everything is going good. If a storm has not shook you, keep living. The same storm can happen to two different people and cause two different reactions — because we all have our own internal truth. You might have Peter’s problem, or mine for that matter, but the storms of life tell us who or what will separate us from our power: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?” (Romans 8:35).
Whether we call it a feeling or we call it our crazy, a storm will call it out. Don’t get me wrong, we’re human and there is nothing strange or crazy about a storm causing fear, anger or hurt. It’s not the feeling or emotion that the storm provokes (Ephesians 4:26), it’s whether or not the feeling or emotion controls our power, our thoughts or our behavior.
The feeling or emotion that controls us, owns us — and when we’re owned, we’re powerless, out of control and sometimes dangerous. Revelation: The enemy is going to use whatever storm, person, conversation or attack that controls your power — every storm has that 1 purpose. No, it’s not easy to look at a storm and just laugh it off. Hurt hurts. But what we have to do, pray to do, practice to do, is own our power or reclaim it as quickly as possible. Don’t let the storm control you, control the storm by telling the peace inside of you — “Peace be still” (Mark 4:39).
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