The Word of God in Ecclesiates 9:11 in its last line says: "But time and chance happen to them all." That means that in this life, not of us saved or unsaved, are exempt from life's situations; good or bad. If you are a Christian, Saved, Sanctified, and Holy Ghost Filled, you my friend, are still a candidate for STORMS!
In nature, powerful tempest leave a changed landscape behind them. Trees are toppled, fast moving water can uproot trees, carry along with the wind, houses, cars, people and everything that is in its powerful path. Similarly, challenging circumstances that occur in our lives can alter the scope, the trajectory of our lives.
When storms come, be it the death of a loved one, unemployment, chemical dependency, divorce and separation,abandonment, and all types of abuse, these interruptions leave us perplexed and wondering, "Lord, what are you doing?" I am trying to be the best Christian that I can possibly be. Why is all this happening to me?" Such thinking assumes that if you are doing the will of God, reading His word, praying in faith, loving your fellow man, that those things somehow exonerates you from going through trials and tribulation. Let me help you with that! It doesn't!!!
In Matthew 14, we learn that Jesus instructed the disciples to get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the opposite shore. They did as He instructed. However while they were in the middle of the sea, a tremendous storm came upon them suddenly. Notice that the storm did not happen while they were close to the shore, for surely they would have had an opportunity to turn around and go back. Storms usuall come when you have left your safety net. Jesus was that net. As long as they were with Jesus, they were safely insulated from life's storms.
The problem comes when you and I move away from our comfort zones, and we get out on open seas away from the landscape of all the things that we rely on. That is when the Lord has an opportunity to see what you are really made of. Are you the one that when the rubber meets the road, will stand and faith and declare, " Lord, I see You. I see the tumultuous waves, I hear the howling winds, I am shaking in my books, but I know You see me too. And I believe that will Your help, I will make it safely to shore."
Another question we sometimes ask is, "Father, what have I done wrong?" Many of us automatically assume that we are a large part of the problem. God does use trials to correct us, but not all situations come from our mistakes. He may allow troubles to perfecdt us-that is, to grow our faith cause us to look more like His Son Jesus. That was the case with the disciples. Jesus knew what lay ahead for them, and He desired to make hem fit for the work He was calling them to do. What storms has the Lord allowed in your life? What purpose is He calling your to? The lashing winds created an environment that produced an excellent opportunity to learn key lessons for their future assignments. Listen, my assignment is not your business, and your assignment is not my business. Notice that peter was the only one who had the audacity to inquire if the figure they saw coming toward them, was in fact, Jesus. the others followed the notion that it was a ghost; making them extremely fearful.
They had selective amnesia, because before they got in the boat, Jesus said, I will see you on the other side. He was their teacher, their friend, and their Lord, He did not wish any hurt, harm, or sudden death to come upon them. The truth is, God uses all different ways to train and equip us, because He desires us to become strong vital servants of the Lord Jesus Christ. We must be certain and assured that, nothing can happen to us unless He allows it. We must with faith and certainty work out our own soul salvation. We must with confidence know our identity in Christ. We must believe that we have been anointed, appointed, authorized, and deputized to do the work that He has called us to.
Yes, we will struggle in this life just like everybody else. But let us not keep our heads bowed down and our backs bent low. "Let us look up to the hills from whence our help comes from. Our help comes from the Lord." We must seek His purposes and plans for your life, in this changing and challenging world.
Have a Blessed Day and: "Don't Forget To Say Your Prayers!"