If I have learned one thing in my 46 years on planet earth it is this. Jesus is might not miraculously BAIL us out from our issues and problems, but he will BIND us to Himself as He walks us through the storms of life.
Storms. Either we have been in one, we are going through one or we are going to be in one soon. We are human and as humans we live in a world of pain that leaves us battered, bruised and scarred. The good-the bad-and the just plain ugly. I have them. You have them. Maybe your storms were caused by something you did - maybe it was caused by what someone else did to you.
I am reminded of the passage in Matthew 14: 22-33 where the disciples were caught in a huge storm in the middle of a very large lake. They were exhausted, scared and needed help. I can only assume that at least one of them wished that Jesus had gotten on the boat, too. Right when the storm was at its peak the disciples see a figure in the distance. Every last one of them freaked out! Not only did they think they were going to sink, but now they were seeing a ghost. It doesn't get any stranger than that. And, because we have the end of the story we see that it was Jesus walking on the water and he was there to rescue them. Wouldn't it be nice if we could see the end of our storm?
Here are 3 life preserving verses that you can hold on to in the midst of your storm.
1. He's in the storm with you.
Jesus had storms in His life, too. He was human just like you. He was rejected, ridiculed, and he was misunderstood. He can identify in your weaknesses because He Himself was weak. Scripture doesn't say this-but in my mind I'll bet Jesus got soaking wet that night. The wind was blowing-the waves were churning and He was walking right in the middle of it with rescue on His mind. He identifies with your suffering.
" God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; Though it's waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at it's swelling pride."
2. Take courage.
Jesus didn't stop the storm right away. The first thing He did was speak truth to the hearts of these fearful men. He asked them to have courage because He knew the storm was not going to last forever. Brave.
We. need. Jesus . desperately. We need Him to hold us tightly and not let go. We need Him to heal us and make us whole again. What does He ask of you? He asks you to be brave and take courage during the process because He is in control.
" Be strong and let your heart take courage, All you who hope in the LORD."
3. See the storm through the eyes of Jesus.
Somehow when the bottom drops out of our lives it gets us back to the basics. It helps us focus on what really matters and all of the small stuff is not important. It causes us to reach out and seek God.
" When my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the Rock that is higher than I."
~ Psalm 61:2
Our sufferings lead us to The Great Physician, The Comforter, The Counselor and The Rock. Oh, to have eyes to see that God is on the Throne! When we see what God has to say about Himself in His word--we can see our sufferings through His eyes and that brings us a whole new perspective.
" Teach me Lord to have faith
in what your bringing me
will change my life and bring you glory.
There on the storm,I am learning to let go
of the will that I so long to control.
There may I be in your arms eternally.
I thank you Lord
You are the
Calmer of the Storm."
Calmer Of The Storm by Downhere