Sizzlin’ Summer: Faith in the Face of a Storm
Are you dealing with a stressful situation right now? Welcome to the club. We all face storms in our lives; that’s just part of living in a fallen world. Having faith in the face of life’s storms is so important in our walk with Christ – but it can be a difficult thing in the midst of life’s struggles. Now, here’s the thing about storms: we’re either coming out of a storm, we’re in the middle of a storm, or there’s a storm waiting around the corner. Rain falls on the just and the unjust; storms are just a part of this world.
We need God’s peace to get us through. Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT) says: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace…” We experience peace when we bring our struggles, our fears, and our concerns to God’s feet. Regardless of how crazy our circumstances are, He is our peace and our shelter in whatever storm is coming at us.
Storms look different in every situation: you might be facing the storm of divorce, depression, addiction, health issues, or financial insecurity. As we all know, the longer you are in a storm, the more it wears on you. In the book of Acts, there is a Biblical account about how a group of men found themselves in the middle of a physical storm. Acts 27:20 (NIV) states: “When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved.”
Every single one of us is far too familiar with that feeling of hopelessness. The feeling that you cannot make it through the situation that you are facing can overwhelm you if you aren’t intentionally seeking the peace that Jesus brings us. He wants us to be in His perfect peace, but we have to allow Him to give us that peace. We can run ourselves ragged if we try to be our own shelter in the middle of a storm – and that does no one any good, least of all ourselves.
3 Things to Remember in a Storm
- Never allow the presence of a storm cause you to doubt the presence of God. It can be so easy to doubt that God is with us when we go through tough circumstances, but He is with us at all times. In Acts 27:26 (MSG), it says: “But we’re going to shipwreck on some island or other.” The fact is, we all are going to face issues at some point; how we handle those challenging circumstances makes a big difference in how our faith flourishes in our lives. Sometimes we get a deeper revelation of His presence when we are at the end of our rope, so don’t allow the trouble of the moment convince you that you are alone.
- God can – and will – give you the strength to run through a storm instead of from it. Peace is not the absence of a storm. Peace is found in the presence of Jesus. Jesus offers us peace even in the worst storms that life brings. Acts 27:23-24 (NIV) says: “Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.” God is right there with you, and He will give you the strength to face everything you need to face in order to reach all that He has for you.
- God will use what you learn in this storm to help someone else through their own storms. It is written in Acts 27:25 (NIV): “So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.” Just as Paul was able to bring perspective to the situation because of his trust in God, we can help bring God’s peace to those around us today. He can use you to help others who are going through tough circumstances in the future, and that’s such an encouraging experience. Your past, current, and future battles will help others in the future if you allow God to use your circumstances for good.
Just because you’re facing a stressful situation, it in no way means that God has left you to your own devices. We all face things – we live in an imperfect world, after all. He has never left your side and He never will. While your circumstances may feel insurmountable, they aren’t with God. He is more than able to keep you in perfect peace in your current situation. You are never alone, no matter what you’re going through – and Jesus will bring you through the storm and into all that you are meant to be when you trust in Him.