I wish I could say that we Christians are immune to life’s storms.
But we aren’t.
We face trials just like everybody else.
You may ask then:
“What’s the use of following Christ if I still must go through the same sufferings as the world?”
But we have 2 things going for us that the world doesn’t have:
We have a gift in the present and promises for the future.
In the present, we have a source of strength, comfort and power to get us through times of suffering – day by day and even moment by moment if necessary.
Have you ever gone through times when it even hurt to breathe? And yet, God was with you and gave you that next breath.
He promises in Isaiah 61:3:
“To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”
In the future, we are promised a time in which there will be no more pain, no more suffering, no more sorrow.
In Revelation 21:4, we are promised:
“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
In the parable Jesus told in Matthew 7:24-28, He said that storms reveal what type of foundation our lives are built on.
Jesus said that hearing His word and putting it into practice will help you stay fixed during life’s storms.
But only hearing the word and doing nothing with it will cause you to fall apart during life’s storms.
So storms are going to come. There is nothing you can do about that.
But you can do something to help yourself stay fixed during the storm – steadfast, immovable, receiving comfort and strength in the Lord.
Our hardest work on this Earth is to guard our minds and heart with the truth from God’s word. Each day, commit to doing that good work and walking in the truth.
You can then have confidence that you will remain fixed in the midst of the storm.
Be blessed with health, healing, and wholeness,
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Thank you for sharing.
Keep up the good work
I remember when I went through one of my worst storms, and literally couldn’t breathe. As I was about to pass out I cried out to God from the depth of my soul, to help me be strong, and able to help. My husband was having a heart attack! God did keep me from passing out, and I was able to call 911. The surgeon who put his stint in said it saved his life getting him in so quickly. I am so grateful for each day that I still have my husband here. That was 7 years ago. It took nearly 3 years to recover emotionally from that storm. I had been an EMT, and surgical assistant and loved my work, but for nearly 3 years, I could not hear the sound of a siren without going into a panic. I had gone through other trials with God’s grace carrying me along, but this one seemed to flatten me, to undo the faith God had built up in me over the years. I didn’t understand it and even asked God after 3 days of standing by my husband’s bedside at the ICU, what could I give thanks for? God graciously and clearly answered me, ‘because you know where he is going if I take him home”. And I realized the beauty we have as His children to have that peace in the grief, in the pain, and the kindness of God to love us when our pain causes us to question God. I still remember one of the first lessons God taught me as a new believer. My husband and I were taking our newborn for her shots. We had loved her, cared for her, but as we were about to let the nurse give this little poke, our sweet baby looked at us so accusingly with eyes as if to say, ‘why have you betrayed me so?” why are you hurting me? And God spoke to my heart that I treat Him that way when He does things I don’t understand. In that I saw My Father’s love, recognizing that He treasured me even when I was accusing Him of hurting me. I can’t wait till heaven when it’s all sight, and we will be so totally glorified that we will always know of our Father’s deep love for us.