As a Christian, Jesus doesn’t promise us a trouble-free life, but He does promise that He will always be with us and will help us persevere through anything. Jesus says in John 16:33, “…In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
God allows us to go through storms to solidify our faith in Him. He will use storms with the purpose of drawing us closer to Him. He wants to show us that no matter how great the storm may be, He is greater and His love for us will never fail.
In Luke 8 we see the disciples in a boat with Jesus in the midst of a storm. Luke 8:22-25 says, “As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement, they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”
Jesus could have prevented them from going through the storm but he chose not to because He saw this as an opportunity for the disciples to learn faith and trust that He is greater than any storm.
The purpose of our storms is for God to prove His unfailing love for us. God will use the toughest storms in our life to show off that He is greater than it all. Nothing is impossible for Him.
We have no excuse to fear when Jesus is in the picture of our lives. When Jesus is with us, there is no room for fear. Jesus said in the beginning before the storm came, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” (Luke 8:22)
He told the disciples that they will go to the other side of the lake and make it through the storm. Just as Jesus promised that they would get to the other side, He also promises to take us to the other side of our storms.
Your storms will not last forever. The disciples got to the other side and so will you with Jesus.
Will you go through your storms and believe in Jesus?
Whatever you are facing, know God is moving on your behalf. Your deepest valleys will take you to your greatest victories. So remember, there is purpose in the storm.
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