Cease striving, and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10
We will all be caught in a tempest at some time in our lives.
I believe God allows storms for many reasons.
It may be to clear away the debris that has built up.
It may be to give us that “something” that we have prayed for, and unbeknownst to us, a storm was the best way of doing that.
Of this much I am certain, a tempest will always get your attention; and most likely, it will put you on your knees.
You will get focused in a hurry.
I love what Pastor Chuck Swindoll said about the tempests in life.
Nothing surprises God. What puzzles us is permitted by our Lord, for reasons too profound to grasp. It is put together in the counsel of His own will so that it fits perfectly into His plan for His glory and for His purposes. As His servant, I say in response, “I will not fear. Though I don’t understand it, I will not fear. Though You take something that’s deeply significant to me, though You allow a catastrophe to strike, I will not fear. I will not blame, I will not doubt, and I will not question.”
You don’t learn this kind of trust overnight.
It takes time, and time is often one of the most painful parts of going through a storm.
We learn so much in the tempest…
When Jesus noticed how large the crowd was growing, he instructed his disciples to get ready to cross to the other side of the lake… Then he got into a boat and started across the lake with his disciples. Suddenly a terrible storm came up, with waves higher than the boat. But Jesus was asleep. The disciples went to him and wakened him, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re sinking!” But Jesus answered, “O you men of little faith! Why are you so frightened?” Then he stood up and rebuked the wind and waves, and the storm subsided and all was calm. The disciples just sat there, awed! “Who is this,” they asked themselves, “that even the winds and the sea obey him?” When they arrived on the other side of the lake, Matthew 8: 18, 23-28 TLB
It may take a long time to get to such a place of trust…
But, get there, you will.
Faithful is the One who calls you—and He will make it happen! 1 Thessalonians 5:24 TLV