“And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. 36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. 37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. 38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? 39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.” Mark 4:35-39
Hello everyone! Happy Sunday and a big welcome to Sunday Inspiration…thru the Risen Hope Ministries! I am so happy to have you with me today and my prayer is that God will truly touch our hearts, in a way that will calm the storms that may be raging within us today!
Have you ever wondered why God allows the storms of affliction to enter our lives? Before I answer this question…I would like to say first of all; that I think that sometimes, we become so deeply focused on the storm; that we find ourselves falling beneath the waves of our circumstance…to the place that we begin to panic and lose sight of God’s power most of all and the reason behind the storm.
We need to realize today that God would never allow a storm into our lives, if He didn’t have a reason for it. Have you ever wondered if God may just be using one storm to end another? As I was thinking on this, my mind was going back to a time, when my life began to slowly fall apart, due to a new memory that had come up, from deep within me…the memory of a sexual abuse; that took place around the age of 5 years old.
You know…at that time, it was bad enough that this horrible memory had decided to resurface; but to have to think about getting my life back on course, while dealing with the painful moments of the past, just seemed to me, as if a really bad storm was coming my way…a storm that would have to take me down, before God could bring me back up to my feet.
I guess sometimes, we don’t realize that life has to get worse; before we can once more see the light of a new day. In my case…what Satan thought He would use to totally defeat me and bring me down for good, was actually God controlling the storm, in a way that would help to calm the storm that had already been raging deep within me, for so many years.
Little did I know at the time; that God would not only use one storm to defeat another; but thru the harshness of the storm; He would also help me to see that I needed Him to be my refuge, thru what seemed to be the most difficult storm that I would ever have to face in my life.
Just as the disciples feared that they would drown beneath the waves of a fierce storm; they too came to see that sometimes these storms that seem too impossible to come out of; are God’s way of teaching us all, to make Him our refuge.
You know…one thing I found…thru this very harsh storm that I faced; was that I could get out of the storm, by running to God and letting Him be my refuge. For some reason, I just knew that while I was hiding in Him; that He would enter the storm for me and not only be my anchor to hold to…but also the One, who could steer me out of the storms that had been raging for so long.
No matter what you may be facing today, just know that even though God may allow the storm to increase in strength…it just might mean that He is using another storm in your life, to defeat some other kind of storm; that Satan had planned to bring you down with. Today, we need to realize that before we can enter calm waters, we have to ride out the storm with God; so that we can come out of the circumstance with God.
I pray that we will find the strength to turn away from the storm and make God our hiding place!
Blessings on your Sunday!
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Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain is the author of 16 books, which range from devotionals, to quotes and poetry...to the story on her life..."Baby Steps: A Journey with God through a Lifetime of Pain and Heartache."