Life Storms: A Message of Hope During Troubling Times
Waves that arise in the life storms
It seems that there is always something that comes up…we tend to call it life, but what is it really? Have you ever noticed that the more that you seek to do something, like a goal, a mission or a dream, the more things come up to try to slow you down, take you off course or just plain stop you in your tracks? It seems we’ve personally been in a series of storms for many years now, one storm hitting us after another, but why? What is the reason? Is it from wrong living, wrong thinking, wrong direction or something else?
What are life storms?
Life storms can be things that come up to break the calm of life’s waves. The peace that God longs for us to have and that Jesus suffered and died to give us. Perhaps it’s problems at home, with family. Maybe it’s trouble among friends or at work. It can be health issues, financial difficulty, inability to find peace in our lives. It can be insecurity, low self-esteem. The list is so long of what can create life storms that cause us to lose our peace, go into fear and worry and serve mostly to take us off track and the enemy hopes, out of God’s will for our lives.
What does God’s Word say about the life storms?
As I’m trying to sit down, after weeks with this topic on my mind, I’m finding that I’m yet again being distracted by another round of life storms. It’s been health, finances, our home, and various other problems that I won’t mention, but it’s been an interesting ride for sure. I used to think that it was something that I was doing wrong, that somehow I must be getting punished for something I did, said, thought, etc., but can this be true? Is this consistent with the Bible and what we learn in God’s Word?
We are told in Scripture that God has sent His only Son Jesus that we might be saved. Saved from what? We are saved from eternal separation from God Himself. God is so perfect and so pure in all His ways that we would die, being sin-filled, in His presence, so He made a way for us to be reconciled with Him for all eternity and so we could be with Him always and forever. Okay, so what about all the “stuff” that falls on us every day?
The attacks in each of the life storms
Attack. Life storms are sometimes the consequences we must endure for the wrong actions we may have made, but some of it is just plain attack. Let’s take Job for instance. What did he do wrong, say wrong, think wrong, etc. to deserve losing all his children, all he had and getting head-to-toe sores? Nothing. Satan wanted to try him and God said, “All right, you may test him,” the LORD said to Satan. “Do whatever you want with everything he possesses, but don’t harm him physically.” So Satan left the LORD’s presence.” Job 1:12. In the New Testament, we learn of a blind man that was healed by Jesus, but before he was healed, Jesus’ disciples asked: As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. “Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins? It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins, Jesus answered. This happened so the power of God could be seen in him. We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work. But while I am here in the world, I am the light of the world. John 9:1-5
The enemy wants to discourage you with the life storms
It seems that the devil would love for us to think that it’s something we did wrong, or are doing wrong that brings about the mess that we see kicking up in our life, but it can just be for a purpose that we may never know, at least not while we are on this earth. If we think that it’s something we did, we can put ourselves in jeopardy of falsely blaming God for what we are going through. Besides getting angry, we can end up feeling alone, hurt, rejected, and a long laundry list of other negative emotions and thoughts that come with blaming God or ourselves for what is stirring up in our lives, when in fact it may just be that the devil has asked to sift us as he had asked to sift or try Peter and Job. Sometimes it’s not because you are living wrong that these things happen, but because you are living right, on purpose and fully for God and to the devil that’s spells trouble and so, he targets you to distract, discourage and if he can, derail you completely. But wait… praise God, there is always hope, where God is concerned!
It’s really hard to image, at least for me, that God loves us…I mean He REALLY, REALLY, unconditionally loves us. Unconditional? Yes, thankfully. I’m so messed up that I think it would have been impossible to earn God’s love or keep it on a daily basis, if it were conditional. I tend to imagine that He has far more reasons to be upset with me than to just do what He does so beautifully, so mercifully, so graciously…love me and He loves you unconditionally too.
We serve a God much bigger than the life storms
I don’t care how big the waves get; the life storms will never be able to rise above God or what He can handle. No matter how bad the winds pick up, the life storms will always be under the authority of the ONE that created all things…our God and He will certainly make it all worth it in the end. I just wanted to encourage you to hang in there when the storms rise up and threaten to turn your boat over, because if you do, you might find that Jesus’ will be faithfully walking towards you during the fourth watch, when the day is at it’s darkest hour, and meet you in the middle of your life-changing storm. Not only will He meet you in the middle of your storm, but you may find that if you keep your eyes focused on Him, you will find the courage to get out of that storm-tossed boat and walk on water…right through that storm and into the arms of our Lord and Savior. Praise God!
There are many reasons we go through “stuff” as I like to call it, some we do bring on ourselves and if we are honest we know which those are, but we can trust even when we mess up, God does not seek us harm, He seeks to help us through our difficult times, even the ones we created ourselves and He certainly is there to help us through the ones that the devil stirs up to break our spirit. God is for me, for you…for us. That may be worth repeating…GOD IS FOR US!!! Would you send your ONLY son to die for people that you do not REALLY unconditionally love? I don’t think so and I don’t believe God would either. Just continue trusting in Him, in His love for you and His ability to carry you through this storm. No matter what the devil tries to convince you of, you are NEVER alone. The life storms can either discourage and break you or you can let God use them to build you up and strengthen your faith. God is faithful and will be with you through it all.
Psalm 86:15 But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
Psalm 89:8 O LORD God Almighty, who is like you? You are mighty, O LORD, and your faithfulness surrounds you
Lamentations 3:22-23 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
1 Corinthians 1:9 God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.
1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up
God’s blessings to you,