When you take a look at storms and tsunamis in places where there has been an occurrence, you will notice there is a cleansing, a re-arrangement or re-organization. The society, communities or people impacted by the storm take steps to strengthen the foundations of their properties, structures or lives. These processes do take time, months or even years to accomplish. And in like manner, when we go through storms, it comes to expose weak areas in our lives and helps us embrace areas where we need to strengthen and make adjustments. For some of us, it would either mean that the foundation is underpinned or the building is completely gutted and rebuilt with firm materials.
One of the terms used to describe a storm according to Strongs Exhaustive Concordance is “foul weather.” When something is foul, it means a level of unpleasantness and discomfort. Now in the context of the text, another Biblical verse puts this into a better context for us to be able to appreciate and embrace the reason for storms; “My troubles turned out all for the best— they forced me to learn from your textbook.” Read Psalm 119:71 (MSG). In other words, every affliction has a definite purpose, and in most instances will force us to bend our knees and look to God and His Word; for that is where our help comes from.
Jesus said, “In the world, you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]” Read John 16:33 (AMP).
What then is the purpose of the storm?
- YOU ARE MORE ALERT. They were in absolute awe, staggered and stammering, (they saw something spectacular) “Who is this, anyway? He calls out to the winds and sea, and they do what He tells them!” Read Luke 8:25. Storms do have a way of grabbing our attention and stirring us back on track to where we should be. Storms will send you a signal, one you can’t and should not ignore. Storms help in most cases shape our perspectives, and as long as we are in this life and earth suit, then saddle up for the storms will surely come, but God is lifting you up above the storms and you will not drown from the experience, instead, you will be cleansed.
Watch this, “Anyone who listens to My teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.” Read Matthew 7:24-29 (NLT).
Listen to this, “The storm will come, and if you haven’t a rock to stand on you will plunge. Jesus is that rock.” Chuck Swindoll. As long as you are standing on the Rock of all ages, there is no likelihood that you will plunge, why? He – Jesus will catch you, Selah.
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