The past couple weeks, I have not blogged due to life. However, there is a topic that has been on my heart lately that I would like to share with you. It is about having faith in the storm. I believe more people need to be encouraged that regardless of the circumstances we face, God is for us. He is always there and even when it seems quiet, God is there. He promises us in His word that He will never leave us or forsake us, Hebrews 13:5-6.
In college, I majored in Communication and Government. I find government/politics very interesting, but I cannot stand how dirty it is. Why can’t the people we elect to represent us on Capitol Hill walk out integrity, honesty, and leadership? Sometimes listening to the news can be overwhelming, to the point, I have to turn the channel. All of the nonsense that is occurring and how “We The People” are losing our freedoms, liberty, and privacy…it is scary! America is not like what it used to be and I don’t think we will ever be the same. However, this is not the point of my blog.
In spite of a shaky economy, broken healthcare system, unstable government, and financial hardships…always remember that God is with you. I love how in Psalm 37: 25-26, King David said, “I have been young and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging for bread. He is ever merciful and lends; and his descendants are blessed.” God promises that He will take care of you. Jesus said in Luke, if God cares about the sparrows, how much more of value are you to the Father? If you are concerned about your future, don’t be! I know it is easier said than done, believe me, I know. But, one of the greatest things we can do is trust and have faith that the Lord is working out all things for our good. We may not see the results we want right away; but, one thing I learned, God doesn’t operate on our time frame. God is working behind the scenes, so to speak, on your behalf. He is perfecting those things that concern you, Psalm 138:8.
If you are facing circumstances or issues that you cannot control, and you are troubled by it, God will be there to help you through. In Psalm 107, King David talked about how we should be grateful and show thanks to the Lord for His goodness. But, he also goes on to share examples of God’s goodness and mercy. A perfect example of God’s support, mercy, and grace in the time of trouble is Psalm 107:23-31. Many people are familiar with the story in the New Testament of how Jesus and his disciples were in a boat when a storm hit. The storm came, the winds blew, and the disciples were panicking asking Jesus for help. Jesus calmed the storm by saying, “Peace be still” and told the disciples, “Oh you of little faith.” However, did you know that there is a similar story mentioned in Psalm 107? I was reading Psalm 107 the other day and found this to be interesting.
“Those who go down to the sea in ships, who do business on great waters, they see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep. For He commands and raises the stormy wind, which lifts up the waves to the heavens, they go down again to the depths; their soul melts because of trouble. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end. Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses. He calms the storm, so that its waves are still. Then they are glad because they are quiet; so He guides them to their desired haven. Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!” ~Psalm 107:23-31
The fishermen were troubled by the storm, yet they cried out to God for help. God not only calmed the storm, but He guided them to their destination. Often times in life, we face challenges that are like “storms.” We face circumstances that hit us hard and unexpectedly; the winds of life appear drastic and shake us up. Are you facing a “storm” right now? I love how in these verses you see compassion from the Lord, “…He brings them out of their distresses. He calms the storm, so that its waves are still…He guides them to their desired haven.” God did three things: brought them out of distress, calmed the storm, and guided them to their destination.
I believe that God is the same yesterday, today, and forevermore. Just like the fishermen, I believe that God can pull you out of your distress, calm the storms of life around you, and guide you to where you need to be. However, one of the greatest things you can do is pray…pray and ask the Lord for help. Invite Him in to your circumstances and believe, trust, have faith that God will work all things out on your behalf. Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call unto Me and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” Stay focused on what God has done for you and be excited for what God has in store for you. God is a good God. He is faithful, and I know that He has a purpose for you. How do I know that? Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Have faith in the time of trouble. I have heard this quote many times, “Don’t tell God how big your problem is. Tell your problem how big your God is.” God is a great God. The same God who parted the Red Sea for Moses… is the same God who is there for you. The same God who helped David overcome a giant… is the same God who is there for you. The same God who saved Daniel’s three friends from the fiery furnace…is the same God who is there for you. The same God who loves the world so much that He gave His one and only Son to die for us and our sins…is the same God who is there for you.
Be encouraged today, to not let what is going on around you personally or in the United States to steal your joy. Don’t focus on the circumstances, rather keep your focus on the Lord and give thanks. Greater things are to come and the storm you are facing is only temporary. I believe your break through is on the way, and the sun is fixing to burst through those storm clouds.
Have Faith in The Storm!