When people are experiencing a trial or tribulation, the easiest way to describe it is being in a storm. The wind whipping around you. The rain drops feeling like pellets hitting you from all directions. The crackle of the lightning and the roaring echo of the thunder. You can feel lost. You can easily feel overwhelmed.
“I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages” Charles Spurgeon
It is in the storm that we seek an anchor to keep us grounded, a rock to cling to, a hope to believe in.
“From the ends of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint. Lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.” Psalm 61:2 ESV
Christ is our Rock. He is who steadies us when we are unbalanced. He is our solid foundation when we feel like we’re sinking.
Despite the storms we face, we know that God is in complete authority; that nothing that comes our way to shake us or hurt us is anything that is too big for Him to handle.
“Suddenly, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke Him, saying, ‘LORD, save us! We’re going to drown!’ He replied, ‘You of little faith, why are you so afraid?’ Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.” Matthew 8:24-26 NIV
Notice how when the storm came up, it didn’t bother Jesus. He slept through it! Through the stirring up of the storm and the arriving impact, He remained at peace. It didn’t bother Him. Rather, it was when the disciples, in panic, woke Him, it almost seems like He got annoyed. By this time Christ had performed many miracles, which likely prompted His question, “you of little faith, why are you so afraid?” They knew Who was with them. They knew what He is capable of. So why did they fear? What made them doubt His authority?
I know we do this. Life’s good and it’s all smooth sailing. We are praising Him in the daylight. But when life gets hard and the sea turns rough, we panic and cry out to Him in fear. We are to call upon the name of our LORD but instead of in fear, it should be in hope. When the disciples cried out, “save us!” they followed it with a fearful remark of them drowning. (It’s as if when the storm shows up and our ‘perfect’ has been disrupted, we think He is no longer in control. What a lie!) Instead, when we cry out, “save us!” we should follow it with a declaration of His faithfulness to protect and provide. Our saving God is one who is faithful, who protects, and who provides. He does not abandon His children.
“The LORD will not reject His people; He will not abandon His special possession.” Psalm 94:14 NLT
“It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8 ESV
God knows the outcome, the aftermath if you will, of every storm we are to go through. He has gone before us, planned all the details out, put all the pieces in their places. And at the same time, He is still by our side. The storms we experience never rattle Him. They never invoke fear or worry. He is at peace. He is in control.
“When our hope is in Christ, we are free to engage the storms of life with humility and courage because in Him all things hold together, even the things that are falling apart. When our lives are anchored in the hope that is in Christ, we find ourselves, our true identities, not in spite of the storms but because of them.” Jay Wolf
Our storms reveal to us our need for God; our need for a Savior and a Comforter. I have had storms that have been insane to say the least. They completely rocked my world. I have realized many times in my life thus far that I will never be at peace apart from God and I am never in control like He is. Those times were the ones that brought me closer to Him. They made my faith stronger than it had ever been before. They were the times that showed me His character, His faithfulness and power.
Those storms may have rocked my world, but God is the One who holds the whole world in His hands, storms and all.
“He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed.” Psalm 107:29 ESV
When the storm rages on, will you trust Him? Will you trust Him to quiet your soul and to calm the storm? Do you believe He still has the authority, even when the waves are high and the wind is fierce? Will you let Him hush the waves and winds in your life?