Christ Jesus is the only one who can calm a storm from within. When we are going through the storms in our lives, it’s critical to find shelter. (Psalm 91 KJV) Weathering the storms depends on your faith. We walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7 KJV) Faith will carry you through every obstacle. It’s essential to allow God to intervene because our senses can only comprehend a mental peak, that’s called physical storms which is similar to spiritual storms, and they each have stages. There is a recovering period in each stage. It goes from sea level to the clouds.
Lets take a look at some of the storms in the bible.
Disobedience Shipwreck first we have Paul in Act 27 KJV. Apostle Paul was caught in a winter storm sailing to Rome in Italy. With danger ahead, Paul spoke to the ship officer and said, I believe there is trouble ahead if we go on. There were 276 people aboard the ship. Paul and the people suffered because he listened to the centurion suggest they follow the advice of the pilot and the ship owner decision. Paul warned that the voyage to Rome 59 AD would be disastrous and bring great lost. But, God is our Anchor and help when we can not see our way through. Because of winds, the ship had to sail north to an island of Cyprus then to Myra and Italy, and the captain had to change course. The Holy Spirit teaches us to have courage during a difficult situation, knowing that God is faithful and the Holy Spirit will direct our path.
Repentance (Jonah 3 KJV) Jonah was a Galilean who was credited with being the first recorded missionary. The son of Amittai (truth) and a historical prophet of Israel, Jonah’s name means dove. He ministered after the time of Elisha, before the time of Amos and Hosea. Jonah is the only prophet whom Jesus likened to himself. Jonah was in the belly of the great fish for 3 days and 3 nights. Jesus used Jonah’s burial in the fish to illustrate that Christ would spend time in the grave Himself. The storm was a lesson in learning. We would want to hide such character of Jonah, but it clearly demonstrates God’s love and mercy for all humankind.
Repent and turn back to Him. Repentance and spiritual birth are necessary to enter God’s Kingdom. But the spirit of God uses people of little importance and weakness to show the truth. Jonah resisted God’s command to preach to Nineveh. Jonah tried to run away from God’s call. But, God will bring correction to the person he chooses to deliver a message to fulfill His Purpose. The time and place were ordained for God’s will.
Authority (Matthew 8 KJV) Jesus calmed the storm and the sea. He got up and rebuked the wind and the sea. Jesus demonstrated His authority over the storm. God is in control, he is our Captain and Anchor of our souls, if we trust and depend on Him during difficult times. He said to the disciples, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have faith?” God Created the Universe and human beings, and we are equipped with an inward faith. Its our choice to allow Christ Jesus to intervene. God is so faithful and able to calm and quiet any storm… nothing is too big or hard for God.
(Philippians 4:7 KJV) And the peace of God, passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
During storms and weather-we can experience Spatial Disorientation, or our perceptions become unreliable, Aircraft pilots experience this when they fly into weather conditions, and this will prevent them from seeing the horizon or the ground. That reminds us that sometimes we don’t know which way to go up or down, straight or in a circle. We can get overwhelmed and disoriented, but we must ignore the physical sensation and follow the recovery regime, focusing on Gods Divine navigation system. The more we trust God the less overwhelmed we are.
Storms will come to awaken our spirits to make us understand more and more of God the Creator. It will help us draw near into an intimate relationship with Jesus for His purpose and plan. We draw our strength from God. When I was going thru a recent storm in my life it was similar to a hurricane and tornado. Everything seems like it was being destroyed and/or taken away right before my eyes. My health was failing and I was trying to deal with the change.
We have to be careful on how we speak about our situation because words means a lot. I was programmed to speak negative words like, I will never get better, I am my worst patient, I am always sick, etc. But speaking life is essential in moving forward. Its healthy and whole and it allows healing to live from within. Storms are part of growing… its wind, rain and thunder a refuge from the storm. Psalms 107:29
Remember, we must trust God in the midst of the storm.