Storms will always be inevitable in our lives. Just like real storms, we have no control over the storms that will come through our lives. Some storms are intense yet brief and are quickly followed by smooth sailing. Other storms leave us feeling marooned on an island of pain and confusion, wondering if we will ever feel soul-healing sunshine again.
As I look back on my journey, there are several distinct times that I remember feeling very storm-ravaged by life’s circumstances. During those times, I felt like the rug had been pulled out from under me and I was flat on my back wondering where it had all gone wrong. As I allowed my mind to look back over those difficult times, I realized that my understanding of the Lord as Father, Healer, Friend, and Lover of my soul became so much deeper.
My experience has increased my faith to allow me to encourage others in their storms and moved me further along my destiny.
In Mark 4, we read the account of Jesus and His disciples taking a boat trip in the midst of a storm. Jesus rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm” (Mark 4:39).
In the storm, the disciples received a revelation of Jesus. They encountered the truth that Jesus was no ordinary man. The disciples all said, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” (Mark 4:41). When they crossed over to the other side, they were eager to see more of who Jesus was and to tell others.
Every trial brings a greater revelation of the power of Jesus.
Storms in our lives are never a waste of time. In the storm, Jesus revealed His power to the disciples up close and personal. Storms are perfect places to encounter Jesus. He will reveal Himself to you in new and tangible ways during the difficult times. Your new understanding of who He is becomes part of your foundation, enabling you to stand in the midst of any storm.
God can take any difficult situation and bring good out of it. Romans 8:28 says, “God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
Ask God to show you how He is using your obstacles to grow your faith in Him.
Don’t let your storms overtake you. No storm lasts forever. Jesus is asking you today, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” (Mark 4:40).
Two chapters later, we see Jesus sending them out to preach and to demonstrate the power that they had seen in action. God will allow storms in our lives to grow our faith and propel us into our destiny.
As we overcome trials and testings, our faith in God will grow. The enemy wants to extinguish our faith because He knows the power of our faith. He wants us to believe that the storm is greater than us. But we must remember who is with us in the storm.
Jesus makes it clear in John 14:12, “Whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these…”
Jesus has given us the authority to do the very works He has done. He has given us authority over our storm and promises to always be with us. As you embrace the process of dealing with your storm, you will find yourself ready to go to another level of understanding and victory.
Someone needs to hear your story. Will you persevere and trust that God will come through on the other side of your storm?
Be alert and ready to be used by the Lord to help someone else weather their storm. Keep moving forward knowing that you will come through this storm. You will have a mighty story to tell and encourage others. So remember, the other side of the storm is where you will see Jesus revealed.