What To Do When Storms Come
A storm by definition is a disburbance of the normal condition of the atmosphere manifesting itself by winds of unusual force and direction.
When our lives have been turned upside down by illness, financial difficulty, job loss, relational and marital problems, or some other force that upsets the normal condition of our lives, we are facing a storm.
Remember the Song “Stormy Weather” – “Don’t know why there’s no sun up in the sky Stormy weather Since my woman and I ain’t together, Keeps rainin’ all of the time..Life is bare, gloom and mis’ry everywhere Stormy weather And I just can’t get my poorself together, I’m weary all the time So weary all the time….All I do is pray the Lord above will let me walk in the sun once more. I can’t go on, can’t go on, can’t go on, ev’ry thing I had is gone Stormy weather
Luke 8:22-25 NIV – One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. 23 As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. 24 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. 25 “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”
•Squall – a sudden violent gust of wind or a localized storm, especially one bringing rain, snow, or sleet.
Take note: Jesus said “let’s go over to the other side.” FYI – He knew about the Storm.
•Don’t ever assume God will lead you around a storm or you can avoid storms in this life
Before we know it, fierce winds destroy our happiness, dreams and ultimately our lives as we struggle to stay afloat. In todays msg, we will explore how to move forward when the storms hold us back.
When the storms of life strike, it’s what happens in you that will determine what happens to you.
It’s amazing how quickly the storms of life strike, isn’t it? Just like that, so many times out of no where.
Storms never dictate God’s Direction
•He’s never surprised of the storm
•He will lead you through the storm
•Jesus is not only in the quiet places but also the chaotic places
•If you go where God leads you you will go through a storm to get there.
Jesus asks them….”Where is Your Faith? Storms locate our faith
What to remember about storms
1. Storms are inevitable.
When it comes to storms, it’s not a matter of if, but when.
•You’re probably – Entering a storm – Engaging a storm – Emerging from a storm
The storm in Luke still happened even though Jesus was on board…Never says, life with me will be a three hour tour
John 16:33 NIV – “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Storms right now
•Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
•National Debt is $19 Trillion Dollars
•War on Terror
•Killings of Black men and cops
•Loss of Job
•family member with cancer, sickness, or disease
•Our faith is strong on Sunday but absent on Monday
Isaiah 26:3 NIV – You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
Peace – It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or storms. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.
2. Storms are unpredictable.
You can’t plan them, time them, schedule them
Jeremiah 4:20 NIV – “Disaster follows disaster; the whole land lies in ruins. In an instant my tents are destroyed, my shelter in a moment.”
3. Storms are temporary.
They have an end to them – They don’t last
Hebrews 10:35-37 NIV – “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For in just a very little while, He who is coming will come and will not delay.”
CS Lewis said…, “God who foresaw your tribulation (storm) has especially armed you to go through it, not without pain, but without stain.”
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 NIV – For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
4. Storms are opportunities.
There is an old parable that says: All sunshine and no rain makes a desert – can have value
God wants to build your faith in the storms of life
•Can find purpose in the middle of a storm
•Our faith can be strengthened in the middle of a storm
•Our faith is tested by the storms of life
1 Peter 1:6-7 NIV- “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”
“A smooth sea, never made a skillful mariner. neither does uninterrupted prosperity and success qualify for usefulness and happiness.”
Charles Spurgeon said…”No faith is as precious as that which lives and triumphs in adversity”
John Calvin said, “Whatever sort of tribulation or storm we suffer, we should always remember that its purpose is to make us spurn the present and reach out to the future.”
Where’s Your Faith?
Faith does not mean trusting God to stop the storm, but trusting Him to strengthen us as we walk through the storm.
Psalm 23:4 NIV “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
- Refuse to be Negative and Fearful.
Psalm 27:1 NIV – The Lord is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?
•365 times in the Bible it says “Fear Not”
Focus on the positive
•Faith is a trust in God. A belief that He knows what he’s doing regardless of the external circumstance.
•Focus on whats right not whats wrong – when you focus on whats wrong it consumes you spiritually. Don’t be obsessed with crisis and bad news.
“Some people are so negative that when they walk into a room the lights go out.”
Take two people in the same situation – One is destroyed by it – the other grows in it – choice
Colossians 1:11 NIV – “God will strengthen you with his own great power so that you will not give up when troubles come, but you will be patient.”
When your faith becomes bigger, the storms become smaller.
2. Remember that God is with me.
“For you are with me” – not only power – but presence From “He” to “You” – up close and personal with God
Nahum 1:3 NIV – The Lord is slow to anger but great in power; the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished. His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and clouds are the dust of his feet.
•Your storm is Satan’s desperation to stop.
•Your greatest breakthrough comes from your greatest storm
Isaiah 43:2 NLT – When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.
3. Rely on God’s protection and guidance.
“Your rod and staff comfort me” – rod and staff – protect and guide
Psalm 34:19 LB – “The good man does not escape all troubles — he has them too. But the Lord helps him in each and every one.”
•Not all storms come because of where you’ve been or what you’ve done – But where you are going and what your going to do.
•Great resistance always proceeds great Opportunity – Satan fears where you are going and who is with you!
Psalm 91:1-16 NIV – Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” 3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. 4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. 5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. 8 You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. 9 If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, 10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. 11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; 12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. 13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. 14 “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. 15 He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
- When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person that walked in. That’s what the storm is all about.
2. God never leads us into a storm He doesn’t give us the power to overcome.
I pray today for my friends in Texas, Florida, and the East Coast. I pray that those who have experienced harm will have grace in restoring, rebuilding, and recovering, and that those facing danger will have safety, protection, and peace from the Faithful One—the One who is always with us.