In a recent rain storm that battered our area, I stood at the window looking and listening to what was happening. The thunder and lightning was intense. It reminded me of the power God has at His finger tips. He created the earth and all that is in it, so why couldn’t He control the weather?
As I watched the torrential rain, lightning, and listened to the thunder I was reminded of how small I am in relation to God. But, I am also reminded of how much God loves me and provides for me through His great power. Historically His power helped the Israelite’s overcome their enemies on more than one occasion as well as providing for their daily needs.
I strongly believe God is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer who protects me from the enemy. I hide in the shadow of His wings. With God on my side, who can be against me?
The next time you feel powerless in a situation remember that God is as close to you as a prayer reaching out to Him. He is always there for you. He never leaves you. He loves you that much!
We live in a fallen world filled with sin and all manner of evil, yet so often we put on rose-colored glasses and expect our life to be full of comfort, ease, and pleasure. And then when storms come upon us, bringing disruption, trouble, conflict, and heartache, we start wondering where the Lord is. After all, we are believers in Jesus Christ, and God is our loving heavenly Father. So why is He letting this happen?
The disciples would have preferred smooth sailing, too—across the Sea of Galilee. But in the storm, they saw Jesus in a new way. After He calmed the waves with His words, they asked in amazement, “What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?” (Matt. 8:27). Through that storm, they recognized Jesus as almighty God, who has power even over the physical laws of the universe. His purpose was not to drown them but to show them His glory.
The same is true of us. Storms in our life are opportunities to see the Lord in a new light and in a magnified way. It’s in our extreme need that we begin to see we have too small a view of God. We must be careful not to reduce Him to a doting Father who winks at our sin and just wants us happy, healthy, and wealthy.
Perhaps you are going through a personal storm of some kind right now. If so, ask the Lord to open your eyes to a greater understanding of Him. Even if your circumstances don’t change, Jesus Christ is the Lord of peace, and He can comfort you.