The Raging Storm

Storms are never easy to go through! So many storms that have been on the news in these past several years have amazing results on human life.
  1. Tsunami
  2. Hurricanes
  3. Tornados
  4. Earthquakes
With all these testimonies of devastation there is a hope that overshadows any storm, and yet it has peace, which surpasses all understanding! We must always remember that storms do come, but often we do not receive the warning signs soon enough! All these storms just mentioned have had an incredible impact on people and whole countries. Here in America recently with tornados recess through the Midwest and parts of the south. The tsunami that raged in Japan recently, not to mention what happened in New Orleans just a few years ago. My wife and I were in the San Francisco Bay Area when the 1989 earthquake shook the bay like a feather in the wind. The earthquake had a terrible effect on the people then and remembered as such to this day! These storms are what I would define as natural storms that have bruised history and marked the lives of thousands with memories, which are not pleasant. The media surrounds our minds with pictures, and the screams of the devastation are loudly and boldly present to us across the world. I realize that mentioning these are the “outside” storms of life. Those storms that happen through seasons or abruptly and without warning and then leave us devastated and confused. The cleanup and the rebuilding begin with high hopes and strength to dream again. Viewing these media releases brings me to a thought that permeates my heart and soul. The storms that go on in the lives of the people that we are so closely related to in the Church or even in our families. Even the storms that permeate our own lives, which we also keep private. Yes, of course, we can refer to Job and see that great storm he faced in his life. His life made public for all peoples to see and hopefully learn from pain. But let us come up to this modern day where raging storms are tearing the families apart, and the future hope of obtaining goals seemingly diminished! The Church is very good at watching storms go on in others lives and judging them from a distance. Not really loving and helping them go through difficult moments in their lives. We can talk such a great religious talk, but it is weak verbiage. These are times when actions, not words, need to be applied. Often we worship and realize the person standing next to us is going through a raging storm in their heart but we just keep praising, concluding that the Lord will work it out. We must be a Church that loves and cares for each other in such a way that the world will see us as Christ-like and highly motivated to be involved with hurting people. The command that we have from the Lord is to love one another as we would love ourselves. To keep reaching and comforting the hurting and deeply wounded that come into the church where we attend. We should be doing this type of “Christian” interest even in our neighborhoods. Do we, instead, just grandstand this faith we have so we can hide our inabilities to love as commanded? To embrace and be a shield of sorts, to those just needing a kind word or a helping hand. Maybe even a phone call to pray with them or to give an encouraging word from a friend. I want to challenge the Church to get on the playing field of life and activate that faith that the Lord has given her. To run to obtain and pick up our hurting and carry them to the finish line. We refer to the storms that affect you and me, which we carry in our hearts as heavy weights, often too heavy, and they are crushing us. The pain is so intense that it rages into our souls like a badger loosed to hunt and destroy! We must look to Scripture to obtain some promises to relieve such agony. The Word details how we must have a dedicated and faithful prayer life. Calling out to Him who can deliver you from the storms of life. Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;  and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7 Psalm 91 speaks of the protection from the enemy and the pestilence that may occur in one’s life. Sharing where one must dwell and find safety. Proverbs speaks of the name of Jesus being a strong tower and the righteous run to it for safety. 10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10 Psalm 121 declares that there are help and protection from the One who is the Lord God of all. When I read Psalm 4:8, Reminding me of the safety I have in Him always. 8 I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;?For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8 There are promises that the Bible details for us that will help us understand and have peace in the midst of a terrible storm! Take a look at this instance of storms that involves all three mentioned: Storms Outside, Storms in Others, and Storms in You! 35 On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” 36 Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” 39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!” Mark 4:35-41 Jesus knows that a storm was coming, a natural one, which would be horrific to everyone. Fear would grip the hearts of the disciples, and they would wonder why He was sleeping on a pillow at the stern. Other boats had come alongside to cross with them, and they were in this great raging storm, all of them together. All felt as though they were alone in this. A typical reaction to a specific difficulty that man could not fix, without help. They wake Jesus up, and He immediately addresses the storm and also the storms raging in the hearts of the disciples and those on the boats along side. Peace covers the atmosphere where a storm, just moments ago, raged and fear was the ruling characteristic in so many hearts. He speaks and gains their attention even further with two questions that filter through the fear and seizes the heart. But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” Now their fear was changed to fear that was reverential and focused on the matter of faith and the faithful One. We must always remember to extend our faith and to pray. To keep our minds stayed on Him always. He will keep us in perfect peace. Let’s not ever lose focus during a personal storm or the witnessing of a friend or neighbor’s storm. Being reminded that we need to care, even as Jesus cares, for everyone. The raging storms of life come and go like the waves of the sea, but He is always there! He never changes, and He is always speaking peace to our storms. It is our faith, which must be applied, in our daily walk with Him. He is not asleep but forever awake to your hopes, dreams, and destiny. He will get you to the other side! Remember prayer moves the hand of God

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