We have just sailed through the severe Cyclonic Storm Tauktae in India, last month that swept through the coastal belt with high speed gusty winds, heavy rains high tidal waves uprooting trees, damaging houses and properties, shutting off electricity and so on.
Jesus himself encountered a storm, what did he do and what was the result?
He was asleep on a cushion in the stern, and the disciples woke him and asked, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” (Mark 4: 38)
The Gospel of Mark then states that: He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm.
As the saying – ‘Storms without God will break you; storms with God will build you.
Those who choose to behold Him sleep through the storm.
‘After a storm comes a calm.’ Things begin to improve. Soon even this difficult, chaotic, stressful pandemic era will fade away.
This applies to our own lives as well. The words of Jesus have been recorded in the gospel in John16:33 “In this world you will have tribulation but be of good cheer for I have overcome the world.” Yes, there will be storms in our lives but he has called us to be overcomers’.
While millions of people suffer from extreme natural disasters, millions more suffer from the inner storms of life.
Most can find information on how to survive external storms, but not so easily on how to survive inner storms.
The truth is, that none of us want to go through a storm. Not just hurricanes, but storms in our finances, jobs, families and so on. If only the days could be all sunshine and clear skies?
How then shall we be overcomers?
Here we need the Lord’s counsel. The Lord knows the storms in our lives, what took place is taking place and will take place.
He reminds us that the Holy Spirit is our Comforter, Counsellor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener and Standby (John 14:26).
This is part of His nature.
How often do we approach Him when we need help in any of these areas?
The Lord says, to be still and know that He is God! To be content as Paul was in prison having learned the secret of being content in every situation, whether well fed or hungry, living in plenty or in want, rejoicing in the Lord, giving thanks in every situation. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
He says His presence will bring us peace even when difficult circumstances storm around us. We only need to let God define our worth and value, and not let another do it, because we are valuable to Him. Others might devalue us.
And we should not measure our lives with someone else’s ruler. God wants us to be winners, and overcomers.
He says He is the God of the turn-around and he is able to turnaround every situation, every circumstance for our good while we give Him thanks.
He says He has a good plan for us. And that we should never let circumstances define our destiny but as co-creators with him create circumstances that assure our destiny.
He says many have become old by allowing regrets to take the place of dreams. He says He will renew our youth if we begin to dream. And the Holy Spirit will help us dream, dreams and see visions.’ Dream big yes, but start small and act now.
He says to rebuke every storm that come against your God given destiny. If you see, believe and speak forth your God-given dream-vision. Vision without action is day-dreaming while action without vision is as nightmare. Therefore, act upon your God-given dream-vision in faith and it will actualize.
Be Blessed and Highly Favoured!