Saturday, May 25, 2013

Trusting God through the Storm


For He commands and raises the stormy wind, Which lifts up the waves of the sea. (Psalm 107:25) Then they cry out to the LORD in their trouble, And He brings them out of their distresses. (Psalm 107:28)

  • The ancient people discovered that the stormy winds of the monsoon season could be harnessed by sail for speedy navigation.
     
  • Rather than dreading the high winds and rains, they learned how to navigate their way through the storm.
     
  • Psalm 107 provides a wonderful word picture of how God allows storms to come our way, and then provides help for us to navigate through them.
     
  • Trusting God for guidance in troubled times is a biblical theme.
     
  • Hebrews 11 lists many who used their problems as an opportunity to exercise faith and to experience God’s grace, provision, and deliverance: “Who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.”
     
  • Stormy circumstances are inevitable.
     
  • Although our first reaction may be to run from the problem, we can instead ask God to teach us how to trust Him to navigate us through the storm.
     
  • When life feels like a storm-tossed sea, With crashing waves of pain and grief, Turn to the Lord and trust in Him, He will give you peace and bring relief.
     
  • Better to go through the storm with Christ than to have smooth sailing without Him.

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