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Going through Storms

Are you in the middle of a storm in your life? Maybe your job is getting the best of you and you can’t catch a break. Maybe your marriage isn’t going as well as you hoped. Maybe there is a relationship in your life that is causing pain and frustration. Maybe your bank account isn’t quite as padded as your mid-section. Can you relate? I think if we are honest, we all can.

Last night at our life group, we talked about storms and why we go through them. It was a great conversation. Our conversation naturally went to Matthew 8:23-27.

“Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”  The disciples were also in the middle of a raging storm. Theirs involved wind and waves, but in many ways it wasn’t much different than ours. No matter how much they fought or struggled nothing changed. I am sure that they felt like things couldn’t get any worse. 

The disciples then did what I often find myself doing in the midst of a storm. They pleaded to God for help.

“God! Please Help!!”

“Why won’t you do something!”

“Why are you letting this happen!”

In the middle of a storm, we are only thinking about how to get out and why we got in this spot to begin with. The disciples too had a single track mind. But, as our group chewed on this, we started to see something deeper emerge. If God has the ability to calm the winds and the waves. Why do we forget that He could have prevented them to begin with?

Could Jesus have told the winds and waves to calm down before he fell asleep? Absolutely!

Could Jesus have kept you from taking the dead end job that you have? Absolutely!

Could Jesus have kept you from saying the hurtful things that you said to your loved one?  Absolutely!

So, if that is true, is it possible that storms are sometimes used by God to increase our trust in Him and to grow us closer to Him? The 14 of us sitting around our living room last night definitely think so. We believe that we serve a God that pursues us with a never-ending love and an unmatched power. We believe that we often grow the most when we are in the middle of a storm. We believe that our God will never leave us and that He can use anything in our lives to bring us to Himself.

Kevin Jones serves as the Administrative Director at Life Church.  He loves his family, his life group and ice cream!

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