When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation.
As snow storm after snow storm hits Michigan this winter, I am paused for a moment to reflect on personal storms in my life. Sometimes they are predictable and we know in advance what to expect while other times the storms just invade without notice of their arrival until we are sucked in and tossed about. So many times I do not even realize there is a storm until I am drenched is some ugly situation that has gotten out of my control, well that’s the way it used to be before I decided to let God direct my path.
I could get myself in so much trouble before I let God have control of my life that I could make my own head spin. Now that I allow God to protect me from the storms that He can already see, life seems so much more easier to withstand. Why had I not let Him be in control before? Simple, I thought I could handle everything on my own. I wanted to fight my own battles since usually I was the one who had gotten myself into trouble in the first place.
How many times do we fight unnecessary battles How many times do we scream at God because the storm in too big when if we would have let go right at the first sign of any clouds we would not have had to endure so much pain. How do we get to the place where the storms seem to be nothing but a cloud or two passing by in the night? Surrender. Total, complete surrender. Being secure in the knowledge that God follows through on His promises. He wants us to be at peace. He wants us to prosper. Because of the death of His Only Son, we are covered by grace and God can’t even see our sin because of the continual flow of blood.
I think that perhaps I have gotten to this place of peace in my life because I am secure in my God. I trust Him. I follow His lead. I surrender with my eyes focused on Jesus so that I will not be drawn to the storm. I am at rest in my soul. I look to Jesus for provision, acceptance, love and peace. Without Him I would be tossed like a boat in a stormy sea with no direction, wondering why on earth God was even keeping me here..
Are you in a storm right now? Having trouble finding your way? Then look up, give up and let God show you the peace He has for you even in the middle of the storm. Be willing to surrender any issues going on in your life right now. Be confident in His love for you, after all He did give up His Son so that you could have life and life more abundant!