Stormy Weather

Storms can be frightening, breath-taking or beautiful.  It all depends on where you are standing.  If you are standing under God’s umbrella – you won’t get as drenched by the torrential rains.

However, I dare say that many of us are usually caught out on a tree limb hanging out all by ourselves.  It’s no wonder that when the wind blows, we freak out because the limb starts to shake and shudder.  We end up with a death grip on anything that looks safe and wonder why God doesn’t save us.

God’s umbrella is full of safety, joy and peace, but we have to stand under it to receive these blessings.  And even if we do stand under God’s umbrella there are still no guarantees that storms will not blow our way.

People get sick, people die, people lose their children, people go bankrupt, and people withstand torture and so on.   Basically, bad things happen every day and everywhere.

The reality is that the storms of life come in all shapes, forms and sizes regardless of our faith.  And sometimes these storms come on top of each other!  It’s no secret that the list of dangers in this world is extensive and we will all face calamities in our lifetime.

“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12

The hope is that we can weather the storms with a peace like no other as long as we are clinging to our Savior, Jesus Christ!

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7

Granted, this is ALL easier said than done.  So what do we do during our trials?

  1. Do NOT fear – “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
  2. Remember that God is not surprised by our trials.  “In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him.”  Ecclesiastes  7:14
  3. Do NOT give away your joy.  “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.”  Philippians 4:4
  4. Be thankful throughout the storm.  “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1Thessalonians 5:13

The choice is ours.  We can stand under God’s umbrella and allow Him to guide us through the rain or we can go our own way and get wet.

I’m sticking with God.  Are you?

Some Wisdom for Today:  Proverbs 2:6-8 – For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.  He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.

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