Don’t take the presence of a storm in your life, to indicate the absence of God!
Sometimes when you are entering into a storm: health storms, physical storms, financial storms, emotional storms, undetectable storms, secret storms… you must remember that you are not alone! Oftentimes in a storm we have a tendency to ask…where is God in my storm?!
Don’t forget, no one receives a harvest, without some sort of conflict! Don’t buy into the notion that “if God were really ‘with us’, then everything would be smooth!” and that “if God was really with us…we would not even be in this storm!” Many times, we cannot see clearly in a storm…perhaps that is why He asked us to “walk by faith, not by sight!” Just because you are in a storm, it does not mean that God is not with you!
Regardless of the many storms that come up in our life, He is yet with us in the storm. If the storm fights you, it has to fight the LORD! You must steer through the storm based on the cohesiveness of your faith in God, not what you see or feel. He may be asleep at the bottom of the boat, but He is with you! He promised! Anytime God promises you something, get ready for trouble! He never promises the obvious, but rather He cautions that there will be a challenge to receiving the promise! Something will come to make you doubt!
God promises that when you walk through the water, he would be with you, (you may not see him, nor hear Him, but He is there)…He promises that when you pass through the fire…He would be there also!
Did God promise you anything?! Well, don’t become so aware of the storm that you forget that God is there!
You are not in this by yourself! Don’t allow the presence of the storm to make you doubt the presence of God! Stand up and brag about the fact that the LORD is with you! He has been with you a long time…all your life, (as a matter of fact)!
God will use your circumstance to get you into your destiny! He did not promise you that he would be with the boat, but with you! The boat is temporary, so don’t try to preserve the temporary! He is “with you”, to get you where He promised you! He promised you safe passage, but He didn’t say how. So don’t put all your energies in preserving the boat, which is temporary! The storm may blow a lot away from you, but it should not blow God away from you! God has another vehicle to carry you the rest of the way! Just because the ship came apart doesn’t mean you have to come apart!
The fact that the boat has collapsed/capsized may indicate that you have arrived at you destination!
Can you image being on the boat, in a storm, bound and tied, stressed and weary, relying on “things” to get you to the other side, and the storm has destroyed all of it? The house you thought you would have the rest of your life…the storm got it! Folk that you thought would be there for you…went ghost on you in your storm; that job that was suppose to carry you to retirement was lost in your storm…and on and on through the “storms.”
How you lost things in the storm? Did that make you feel like a failure? If the boat that carried you, or the people who assisted you was meant to stay…then they cannot leave! If the boat was meant to carry you the next leg of your journey, then it will not collapsed in the storm. You are not in this alone!
What do you do when something God gave you, begins to come apart? Do you give up? Do you fall apart?
Don’t give up on life, don’t give up on your family, or your dream! You are not in this alone! You are closer now then when you first believed! Don’t quit! Remember…this is not your fight!
Daddy Jakes…thanks for my RHEMA Word, fitly spoken in my “season!”