The Storm – That is Where We Find God

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 Everyone wants to go back to “normal.”

  • While the “good old days” sound like something we need, the Word of God tells us this about the “good old days” – Ecclesiastes 7:10 (NLT) – Don’t long for “the good old days.” This is not wise.

But God has saw fit to allow the storms to continue.

  • The storms have a purpose – Proverbs 10:25 (NLT) – When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation.
  • The storms are meant to shake things up – Hebrews 12:27 (NKJV) – This means that all of creation will be shaken and removed, so that only unshakable things will remain.
  • Have you considered God wants us in the storm? Daniel 7:2 (NLT)In my vision that night, I, Daniel, saw a great storm churning the surface of a great sea, with strong winds blowing from every direction.

Jesus relates these storms of this new era to birth pains.

  • Matthew 24:7 (NKJV) – For nation (ethnos) will rise against nation (ethnos), and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.
  • Matthew 24:8 (NLT)But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come.

But this is where we find Jesus – He is in the storm.

  • Matthew 14:24-27 (NLT) – Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. 25 About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!” 27 But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!”

So how are we to respond to these storms?

  • Let’s ask Peter – Matthew 14:28-32 (NLT) – Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” 29 “Yes, come,”Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. 31 Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?” 32 When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. 33 Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed.

He wants you in the storm.

  • He’s our refuge in the storm – Isaiah 25:4 (NLT)But you are a tower of refuge to the poor, O Lord, a tower of refuge to the needy in distress. You are a refuge from the storm and a shelter from the heat. For the oppressive acts of ruthless people are like a storm beating against a wall.
  • He destroys His enemies in the storm – Isaiah 59:19 (NKJV) – So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun; When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.
  • Why? Because when you are in the storm, Jesus is in the storm. This shows our Love for others.

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