We face all types of storms in this life, physical, financial, family, spiritual and social.
Nahum 1:7 says, The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.
Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms:
I love knowing that God is my refuge no matter how fiercely the storms are raging.
Looking back on the whole experience in the rain got me thinking about the Christian life and life in general. Life here on earth is not always going to be easy 24/7. However, we can take comfort in knowing that similar to the natural rain, the storms of life, be it sickness, financial difficulties, loss of job, relationship issues: none of them last forever. Storms are not permanent. There will be thunder. There will be lightning. There will be wind. There will be rain. Some of the storms of life will last for a short time while others may last for decades, but eventually, they too will pass.
Personally speaking, I woke up this morning feeling a bit under the weather. I struggled to get out of bed and get ready for work. I just wanted to stay in bed and do nothing. But I prayed and read my bible and the Holy Spirit started ministering to me and lift me up again. So I want to encourage you as well.
If you are faced with seemingly unsurmountable challenges remember they will pass. If you are in a difficult season remember it will not last forever. We often talk about how God brought us out of a storm, but rarely testimony about how he kept us in the storm. While we are going through our storm he will keep us until the storm passes by. Take this as an opportunity to draw closer to God than ever before through prayer, reading his word, and choosing to truly hand over all your cares and concerns to him.
Let the storms rage, because the bible says in Isaiah 25:4 For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.
Our struggles, pain and losses may not change or diminish in the night. The challenges may not fade at the tick of a clock. Psalm 30:5 says, “Weeping may endure for a night, but JOY comes in the morning.” The Lord never promised us smooth sailing through life. He did promise to never leave us alone. He’s walking with us every single step of the way.
During times of personal crisis and failure, I cried silent tears many times. Thankfully those tears have always drawn me closer to God. If therefore you feel that no one sees your tears, be assured that God sees them. He is mindful of the tears we cry and the pain deep within the depths of our hearts. He cares about each and every one of his children, he has not forgotten about us. We can rest in the fact that God is in control and is concerned about every detail of our life.
When you give him your cares or concerns do not try to take them back from him. Allow God to mature you and grow you during these times, and trust in him completely. It may not be easy but it will be worth it. Life can be tough, there’s no doubt, but there is hope in God. Seek the sustaining strength of the Lord and pray for that season of refreshing. God wants to give you peace, the peace that will carry you safely through your storm. Isaiah 4:6 says, And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.”
My brothers and sisters, whatever you are facing, don’t be dismayed. DON’T GIVE UP IN THE STORM. Trust in God, he is our refuge and our strength. These are the two basic things we need to weather any storm that may come our way.