In The Storm
When thou passeth through the waters, I will be with thee: and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee – Isaiah 43:2.
Life will bring storms whether we’re a believer or non-believer; how we react to them will determine what state of mind we will be in during the storm and after the storm. Some storms bring a drizzle of rain, others maybe with thunder, and downpour of rain. In order to weather the storm, we must have a covering.
Storms brings devastation, broken hearts, fear and worry; some storms will bring anger, disappointments, and fatigue. Storm comes in our life because of disobedient, others come to demonstrate the power of God in our life to us and to others. Joseph had storms to come into his life to take him to his destiny. Many think because they have been called by God, life will be like walking through a bed of roses, but when you have been chosen by God, you walked through thorns and different types of storms to create a godly character. Every storm does not mean the person has been disobedient.
Let’s allow Job to come on the scene, he was a man that loved God and according to the Bible, he eschewed evil meaning he shunned evil in any form it would try to appear. He was a man that prayed daily for his children going before God on their behalf just in case they might have sinned against God. He was a judge and a benefactor, people admired him and respected him. He was financially stable, everything was going well until one day Satan wanted to attack him. Satan thought if God took everything from Job, he would curse God (But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face – Job 1:11). Before Satan could touch Job, he had to get permission from God (And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord – Job 1:12). Well, some may say if Job was such a good and spiritual man why did God allow Satan to attack him?
Everything Job had, Satan attacked it, even Job’s body was covered with boils from his head to the bottom of his feet. God was allowing Satan to see how faithful and committed Job was, and He was also going to allow Job to see although he was faithful to God, Job was self-righteous. Job thought he could contend with God when trying to figure out why he was going through the storm (Moreover the Lord answered Job, and said, Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? He that reproveth God, let him answer it – Job 40:1-2). Job accepted the Lord’s rebuke (Once I have spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice, but I will proceed no further – Job 40:5). Job submitted himself to the Lord and the Lord blessed him abundantly (So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses -. He had also seven sons and three daughters -Job 42:12-13.
God will never allow us to go through storms and He’s not there to walk us through it. He will empower us to go through without fainting when we place our trust and faith in Him. Walking with God is a daily challenge when Satan is trying to trip you on every side but God will make us conquers. As Christian, we must be sensitive to Satan’s spirit just as much as we’re to be sensitive to the Spirit of the Lord. When we are knowledgeable of Satan, we will fight Satan and his co-host and not people. Daily we should take self-examination of ourselves to see whether or not we’re living according to God’s written instructions.
Going through storms whether we caused the storm or we’re being elevated spiritually is not the time to stop trusting God. Matter of fact, when going through storms our prayers has to be increased, fasting, reading and studying the Word of God. Don’t stop doing what you were doing before the storm, continue to work in God’s vineyard. Prayer keeps us connected to God, He’s our covering, He’s our shield, He’s our delivery, He’s our hope, He’s our Advocate, He’s our way of escape.