|Posted on June 10, 2019 at 5:20 PM|
So take courage! For I believe God. It will be just as He said. Acts 27:25
God has said my life would consist of many things in His Word at this particular verse the apostle Paul was calming the prisoners telling those who were with him that God had granted them safety from the storm however the ship would go down. Hence the take courage part of the verse. Life is like that if I am coming out of a storm I am going into one or a storm is brewing in the distance. Often times the things I sought, counted on for refuge- my job, my friends, my family, my car, my house would be shipwrecked but forty something years of life has shown me that I was granted safety from every storm I have encountered.
We’ve been experiencing a daily steady stream of storms where I live and sometimes they hit us and other times they go around us. I use to be afraid of the storms both physical and metaphorical. My phone would blow up with warnings, the clouds would turn dark and the wind would blow the trees sideways but now I just take a deep breath and face the approaching storm. I now make it a point to enjoy the calm before the storm.
I take advantage of the early morning and afternoon hours so that when the storm does come later in the day it doesn’t ruin my perfectly good day. I seek God first thing in the morning so that if I don’t get a chance to seek Him later I have already been assured He is with me and will be my shelter in any storm. I have already done my running around, already did the things I wanted to do. Had I not made up my mind to plan ahead strengthen my spiritual disciplines instead of leaving things for later in the day or when trouble comes I would feel like it was always cloudy, always raining, every single day. All I would see is the storms in my life.
When the storms of life come…the godly have a lasting foundation. Proverbs 10:25
The rain will fall whether I seek God for shelter or not but the Word equips me not to be afraid of the rain. That it is passing. It is brief and it is as necessary in my life as it is in nature. I never noticed that the storm brings much needed rain to a parched land. That a storm in life makes me turn even more toward His Word, toward Him and away from the world and people in it. I am grateful for the storms because they cause me to stop and pay closer attention to what God is doing in my life. How He is redirecting my steps. He is my hiding place from storms the storms Isaiah 4:5-6; 25:4 both in nature and in life. So I take courage and believe that life will be just as God said it would, with storms.
Rather, the land you will soon take over is a land of hills and valleys with plenty of rain- a land that the LORD your God cares for. He watches over it through each season of the year! Deuteronomy 11:11-12