Storms will come. Storms will make you…they will break you. Storms are not good, but they will work out for your good. Rom. 8:28 Says, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (NLT)
Each and everyone one of us has been in a storm in our lives. It may have been a little drizzle or maybe it was a thunderstorm, or perhaps a hail storm. We may have forgotten our umbrella. We may have not wanted to get wet, so we waited inside until we saw the car pull up. We may have wanted to stay home during the storm. Sometimes storms are necessary to clear things out, grow things, or cause us to just sit back and wait the storm out. It will allow us to gain patience. Eventually a storm will stop. Yes, storms do stop! They don’t last always.
When Noah built the Ark in obedience to the Lord, it was built to withstand the storm that was coming. Although the skies looked clear, the storm was inevitable. Sometimes the storms are so severe that the strongest people are afraid they are not going to survive. It may be a Occupational storm, a Financial storm, a Relational storm, a Spiritual storm, or an Emotional storm. John 15:5 reads, I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. That gives me peace to know that whatever storm I have to go through, something has to grow from it.
We have the opportunity to experience a new level in God that will ultimately change our life! God doesn’t promise the storms won’t come, but He does promise us protection during the storm. Usually after a severe storm, a rainbow will appear in the sky. Genesis 9:14 reads, Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. That’s hope!! Knowing that God has a covenant with us even when it doesn’t seem like it makes me praise him through the storm! He’s in it everybody!! He just wants us to look up with confidence and trust him no matter what! So don’t look at the storm with fear, let faith look at the Savior to keep our eyes on Him during the storm. –Ms. Redeemed
I don’t know about you, but life has had ups and downs, in and out’s, roller coaster rides, and high-speed chases, but I survived. I came into 2011 with a made up mind (I would not call it resolutions) of what I was not going to take or do. But, I quickly discovered that my plans were definitely not the Lord’s.
I had to deal with the death of people I loved dearly, the death of a pet, letting go of people who meant me harm, the loss of possessions, and nearly almost losing my mind to the point that I wanted to end my life.
See, I was in a place I thought I would never recover. I went to church, participated in ministry, went on with my everyday motherly duties, but I could not feel anything. I was numb. The funny thing is that the people who were close to me couldn’t see my struggles. I compared that to when most people commit suicide and relatives say, “He/She was so happy”. Only someone who was close to ending their own life would be able to pick up on the signs. I didn’t even look the same. I begin to look as dark as I felt. It was indeed the end. Satan was literally sucking the life out of me and I had no hope.
I was just about to give up, yes you guessed it…The Lord sent a message to remind me of his promises and the word spoken over my life. The messenger was man. Now, I don’t know why God chose him, for that fact, why in life did he choose a man? After all, most of my inner issues had everything to do with a man. Why couldn’t he have used a woman, a child, or better yet why didn’t the Lord just speak a word to me himself? God has an awesome way of showing us his power. He is so amazing because the very thing that caused me so much pain my entire life would be sent as a vessel to me.
The Lord desires for us to be healed in every area of our lives. So as you reminisce on those persons, places, and thing that caused us our greatest pain, reflect on God’s redeeming love to heal us and make us whole.
I often sit back and wonder how this world would function without modern technology. Can you imagine life without cell phones, GPS, or Navigation systems, hospital generators, and much more? The list could go on and on. I’m sure we would be lost, crazy, and scared, maybe even dead . Every emotion we have would overtake us, because of our accustomed lifestyles.
Now, imagine if God were not in our lives. Can you imagine if the Lord really allowed the Devil to have his way he desires to? Though different examples, it would be the same outcome. We would be lost, crazy, scared, or maybe even dead. The word of God reads in John 10:10, that the thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy. That’s exactly what we allow the enemy to do when we idolize these modern devices. We push God back as if he were an outdated eight track player. Yes, all of these things are a necessity of our modern life. But, we cannot forget about God. Less verbal communication equals less relationship. When you lack verbal communication because of technology, it can destroy relationships in every aspect.
When we don’t have communication with God, it can destroy our relationship with him. It is vital to commune with our Savior. Just like natural relationships, we need a spiritual relationship with Jesus. Even though he created us does not mean he does not want to hear our voice. So, as technology advances remember to talk to the one who created every inventor of the technology, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.