Our lives are full of storms. We always ask, “Why God?” We blame Him, we get angry with Him, and we go to Him out of anger and not out of love. We don’t understand how things in life work. We lose someone close to us, we get into accidents, we fight our closest friends, or something can be as little as just failing a test. Things happen. We go through storms. They’re inevitable.
Eve ate of the forbidden fruit. Job endured just about every terrible thing imaginable. John the Baptist was beheaded. Paul killed Christians. Stephen was stoned. Peter denied Christ three times. Jesus died on the cross. The Bible is full of people who face storms.
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. Psalm 34:17
God has a purpose for storms. They are to restore our endurance in life. We feel like we are being torn to pieces. Let me tell you, you sometimes will not even feel it until you are on your knees at three o’clock in the morning BEGGING God to stop the hurt in your life. It makes me think of the quote that goes something like this, “When life brings you to your knees, it puts you in the perfect position to pray.”
Paul’s challenge to the Romans should push us to take a second look at our viewpoint and answer to each storm we face.
Romans 5:3-5- Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
In order to endure the storms, you have to keep moving forward We can’t count on much in our unpredictable lives, but we can count on the storms that are going to come. We can also count on God’s never-ending love and strength to help us through these storms. When the storms come, we do not have to ask where God is. We can hold on to the promise found in Jeremiah 16:19 - O Lord, my strength and my stronghold, my refuge in the day of trouble, to you shall the nations come from the ends of the earth and say: “Our fathers have inherited nothing but lies, worthless things in which there is no profit.”
No matter what storm you’re facing, no matter how strong it is, no matter whom you’re mad at or who is mad at you, God is right there with you. Keep your gaze on Him and your glance on the raging waters. Give yourself to God and He will give you everything you need to stand firm in the storm.
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Rachel Garrison is a sophomore at Freed-Hardeman University majoring in Special Education. She attends Atwood church of Christ. Rachel volunteers with the Special Olympics organizations in West Tennessee. She loves blogging, going home to see her dog (and family), and binge watching Netflix instead of doing her homework.