Storms Are A Part Of Life

Matthew 7:24-25, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.”

Storms. They are a part of life. Some days the sun will shine. On other days the skies darken, the winds strengthen and the rain falls. Paid professionals do their best each morning to interpret the signs in the skies and ready us for the day ahead. “Make sure you have an umbrella today. Pack a light sweather. Perfect day to head to the beach.” And, yet, we have all watched as the morning’s beauty has given way to a dreadful day. In fact, the only consistency with regard to weather is it’s inconsistency. We can’t predict it. There is nothing we can do to control it. At best all we can do is try to prepare for it. We understand that reality very well in the natural realm. We would do equally well to to remember that truth in the spiritual.

Never forget that the storm hit the wise man’s house. His faithfulness to listen to God’s words, his obedience to the known will of God, his wisdom in building his life on a solid foundation… none of these things stopped the storm from coming to his house. The wise man had done everything he knew to do. More than that, according to God’s word, he had done everything right. Still, the storm came. Just like the foolish man, the wise one watched the sky darken. He noticed as the wind strengthened. He felt the rain drops fall on his skin. The very same storm that shook his neighbor’s house also came to his own. Much like God, storms are no respecter of persons. Wise or foolish, we are all subject to the storms of life.

It is easy to fall spell to the illusion of exemption. I’m not fully sure why but at some point we start to believe that our relationship with God will prevent the storms from ever happening to us. We become fully convinced that life will be nothing but sunny days without ever a single cloud or even one drop of rain. At times like that I wonder who is truly the greater fool. So many Christians set themselves up for emotional and spiritual disaster because they embrace a way of thinking that just isn’t Biblically accurate. Storms are a part of life. They come to everyone. They will come to you.

Not even Jesus was exempt from storms. On a couple of ocassions we find Jesus in the midst of very severe storms. He never panicked. He never worried. In each situation He just kept going forward. He knew that God had a plan for His life, one that no storm could upset. Sure, in Mark 4 Jesus stood up and calmed the storm. But that was for the disciples. They were the ones who were filled with fear. Up until that point Jesus had been comfortably asleep. Storms will come to us all. It’s just a part of the human experience. But just because there is a storm on the outside that doesn’t mean there has to be a storm on the inside. That is what I am longing for in my life. I stopped asking God to remove the storms. Now, I ask God to give me such a trust and peace that no matter how severe the storm, I am at rest in my Father’s love.