The Bible says, “Suddenly the storm stopped and all was calm.” Watch this, for Jesus, there was nothing sudden about what happened. Recall the Bible says, one day Jesus said to His disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” Read Luke 8:22 (NIV). Nothing ever was sudden to Jesus, He determines the suddenly, and I truly believe we are to be operating on the level where the workings of God should not be an amazement to us, why? Because we are so in-tune with His frequency.
So why then were the disciples amazed, I would like to know? I believe they were operating from a place of the senses, the natural, and the reason I say this is because of what Jesus said immediately after rebuking the wave, “Where is your faith [your confidence in Me]?” Read Luke 8:25 (NIV). This implies to me the disciples were not operating in faith, and if you are not operating in faith, then the opposite of faith is faithlessness – a dependence on the natural that is driving your actions and behaviours. And this was the case with the disciples, hence they were in panic mode, and woke Jesus up.
Listen to this, “I have told you all this so that you will have peace of heart and mind. Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows; but cheer up, for I have overcome the world.” Read John 16: 1-33 (AMP). Question, what did Jesus say prior? Jesus spoke about the Promise of the Holy Spirit, His Resurrection and Prayer promises. Since this is the case, why then do we still panic? Could it be because of unbelief? And if I might just add, storms are not necessarily as a result of sin!
- STORMS ARE A PREPARATORY TOOL FOR DEVELOPMENT. When you pass through the storms of life, you come out of it better prepared for what is ahead, and with that preparedness, one is able to embrace, adapt and develop spiritually. Quite frankly, storms are not a bad thing at all, it depends on your perspective. We learn valuable lessons, I hope from stormy situations. And are you aware that whilst in the midst of the raging storm threatening one’s life, there comes a voice of assurance if you will listen carefully, hence the Bible says, “Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm.” Read Job 38:1 (NIV). Watch this, you are never alone in the storm, no matter what that storm, God is with you, Hallelujah.
With God, no experience or hardship is ever wasted. He will use every challenge as an opportunity for your development.
Dear Lord Jesus, I am eternally grateful for the truth in your Word, thank You for being with me in the midst of the storm and leading me to dry land in Jesus Name.
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