Every storm shows up on God’s time and every storm has a purpose. When we figure out what that purpose is, we can use the storm instead of being used by the storm. Trying to stay focused in the middle of a storm without trust, can be like trying to go swimming without getting wet. Trust God, when a storm shows up, it’s time for us to grow up — in trust.
Remember when the disciples were spooked by the storm — they were with Christ, the Savior! Christ looked a them and said, “O you of little faith, Why are you afraid?” Then having arisen, He rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm” (Matthews 8:26). This is a powerful revelation when we put ourselves in the disciple’s shoes.
When you think about the intensity and the timing of this storm — “Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping” (Matthew 8:24), you know it had to be on purpose. The disciples were with Christ but like us, they didn’t trust in Christ in all situations. Think about this, if Christ would have been awake, they would not have been tested — we’re tested when we’re challenged, not when we’re confident. The bible tells us, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:2-4).
Why did the disciples need to be tested? Was it because they didn’t have faith? No. We have to understand what Christ meant by, “O you of little faith.” Christ was not referring to the amount of faith they had, He was referring to the amount of faith they used. Faith comes in one size — “...but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith” (Romans 12:3). But just like the disciples, everybody believes until it’s time to trust. Our trust in Christ is based on the level we’re on, not how much faith we have. New storms that we grow through, grows us to new levels of trust — the more trust we have, the more faith we can use: “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain” (Matthew 17:20).
This storm, and our storm, had a purpose. What is the purpose of your storm? When a storm comes — after the initial shock, hurt and disappointment, we have to be willing ask God, “What is the purpose of this storm?” A new storm has one purpose — to grow us to a new level of trust by decreasing a cause of our fear or doubt: “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). What are you afraid of? What’s holding back your trust? Why are you unable to trust in God’s word in this storm? Your storm is trying give you the answer to these questions. If you haven’t already noticed, the storm does not go away, weeping does not end, and Power does not empower us to walk through the valley, until our trust in God gets strong enough to rebuke the wind, and calm our soul.
When somebody walks out of your life, are you able to walk alone with God? Are you able to trust in His plans for you more than you fear what the storm can do to you? Do you trust God enough to lose to win, to give them your peace instead of a piece of your mind? Do your trust God enough to be vulnerable with your mate or to discuss what is right as opposed to argue to be right? Do you trust God to work things together for your good when everything looks bad? Are you willing to trust God enough to surrender your desires and plans, fears and emotions, gifts and talents, time and treasure to His will — “Yet not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42)?
This is faith walk, not a cake walk. We all will have a human reaction to a spiritual storm — “weeping endures for a night,” or for a while, because we’re human. It’s an emotional, mental and physical battle as much as it is spiritual. Sometimes we forget that. We are overcoming ourselves in the process of increasing our trust in God (John 3:30). Walking by faith happens on levels, and there will always be levels in Christ that you have not been to — but your storm will take you there. When a storm comes, feed your body, mind and soul full — you’re going to need your strength (1 Thessalonians 5:23).
When a God storm comes, a God storm is necessary. God prepares us for our next level doors, opportunities, promises and favor through last level storms (Hebrews 11:6). Your storm has a divine purpose — to build you up spiritually, mentally and physically to be who God said you could be and to do what God said you could do: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). Your storm is creating a miracle out of you.
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