No one likes a storm. The violent winds, bright flashes of lightning, and big booms of thunder can intimidate the even the toughest man. Storms rise naturally when the conditions are right, and there’s nothing we can do about it. It is a cycle of nature that can’t, and quiet simply shouldn’t be stopped. It is then same way in each of our lives. Storms rise in our lives, emotionally and spiritually, and God will use them for our good. So while no one desires a storm, there just may be purpose in it.
The next time the violent winds blow, and the rain floods, perhaps God is:
1 … positioning you to trust Him.
Storms are out of your control. You can’t conjure one up, nor can you make one stop. Whenever there is a storm present in your life, there is nothing you can do to make it go away; so all there is nothing left to do but take shelter and trust God. Jesus demonstrated His power over nature in Matthew 8, when He simply spoke to the wind and it came subject to His word. Maybe God is just putting you in a place where trusting Him is your only option, so He can demonstrate His power in your life.
2 … blowing something out of your life.
When I was growing up, we had a dead tree in our front yard. It was big, ugly and unhealthy for the yard, but for whatever reason, my parents never cut it down. One day a heavy storm came through and knocked it down, and the thing that we couldn’t get rid of, God took care of. Maybe God is using the storm to uproot some stuff that you had neither the skill nor the will to destroy on your own.
3 … forcing you to “fix the leak”.
Leaks are just a fact of life. Every house in every neighborhood has a leak somewhere, but the most important thing is to locate it and repair it. Some leaks are due to bad building, while others are due to time’s wear and tear. Either way, if you let them go, leaks can cause more damage and cost you even more to fix. Eventually, a leak becomes a breach, and you are no longer safe in your own home. Maybe God is allowing the storm to do enough damage to force your attention to the “leaks” in your life.
4 … watering your seed.
It would be nice to plant seeds, and irrigate waters that fell elsewhere; but it is next to impossible to reap a harvest without rain. Our artificial means of meeting our own needs are temporary and shortsighted. We can never do for ourselves, what God consistently does for us. So if you have planted seeds of finances, faithfulness, friendship, or faith, maybe God is simply hydrating your fields to produce a harvest.
5 … changing your season.
Storms form when cool and warm air meet. The differences in temperature are often due to the position of the planet to the sun; in other words, it is because of the changing of seasons. One thing that is very certain, is that eventually the season will change. They have to. There is a season to plow, a season to plant, a season to produce, and a season to pluck up. Between each season there is sure to be a storm.
If you are facing a forceful wind, or weathering a worrisome rain, know that God is up to something. There is purpose to everything that God allows in your life. Don’t let fear overtake you, because “we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28, New American Standard Bible)
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