A dear friend has been experiencing a storm in her life as of late that is taxing to say the least and my heart hurts for her. I trust God is at work in the situation of this precious child of God in ways she is not able to see YET and she is well aware of that because she is a woman that walks closely with God, but even as we walk closely with Him there are times when we need a word of encouragement; a voice in the midst of the storm and the raging winds to redirect us toward Him.
Most storms in life can be taxing because often times it’s not just the storm (the crisis), but the raging winds (the problems created as a result of the crisis), that you have to deal with. Raging winds sting the skin and beat up against your body at times harder then the storm (rain) does. After a fierce thunder storm often the damage was not as much about the downpour of water as it was from the gusty raging winds that has thrown around trees, lawn furniture and blown roofs off of homes.
At times we experience those fierce storms and raging winds (spiritual warfare), that attempts to blow the roof right off of our faith. These are the moments when our faith is greatly tested. It’s easy to trust and believe God when your health is good, the kids are behaving, the marriage is sound, your singleness is secured, your business is booming, the ministry is growing, you love your church and the leaders, your finances are stable, you have a good friend to rely on and you’re sleeping good at night BUT…
What happens when one or more of those areas are under attack? You are a giver but your finances are under attack. You honor your marriage but your spouse cheats. You love and nurture your kids in God and one goes astray. Your business takes a financial hit. Your friend betrays you. Your leaders become controlling. Your church experiences a hit that affects the entire church body. You receive a hard medical diagnosis. You’ve been living a single life of integrity and you find yourself dating and developing strong feelings for someone who appears to be a godly person and you find out they are married. Is it still easy to trust and believe in those times? How’s the faith in those situations?
There are many examples of storms in life and the raging winds that accompany them. That’s when your faith gets tested. Your character–who you are behind the closed door of your home is tested. Who you are on the job, in the business, in the ministry or at the church is tested. Your ability to continue giving generously and cheerfully is tested when the finances are attacked. Who you really are, what you really believe is tested when you are betrayed by a friend and you want to lash back in an ugly way. In the storms what you really believe will come to the surface like cream in coffee.
The storm is hard
The winds are raging
You’re taking a beating on all sides and you are getting tired
You know that God will bring you through it. That’s not your concern. If we’re honest, the real concern is when? When will deliverance come? How long will this go on? What I learned to do in my walk with God was rather than to pray to get out of something, I pray: “Abba Father, what do you want me to learn from this?” I don’t believe He brings the messes and hardships into our lives but I do believe He’ll use it for a greater good in our lives. I also pray for endurance, strength, perseverance, wisdom and revelation–His keeping power, while in the midst of the situation so that the storm and the raging winds would not turn me into a complainer or cause me to faint. (Psalm 27:13-14 KJV).
I may not be experiencing what you are, but know that I’m in the middle of a few things too. We all are. No one is excused from the attack. And I learned long ago that the more you love God and live for Him, as the saying goes, “the greater the levels the greater the devils” and that’s the truth! So I know how a fierce storm can almost blind you or through you off balance in the middle of it if you don’t hold fast to the teachings in His Word. Hold fast to the relationship you’ve developed with the Lord–the truth that you’ve walked with Him BEFORE the storm is the truth you’ll need DURING the storm! The gusty raging winds can be so strong that it stings your soul, body and spirit and in those moments you need someone to be a voice of encouragement, a voice in the raging wind to redirect you toward Him; toward Jesus.
In the midst of your storm and raging winds, keep yourself focused on the Lord Jesus. Even when your grip on His hand is weak that’s alright because His grip on your hand is mighty. He won’t let you go. Hide under the shelter of the Most High God (Psalm 91). Hide under the shadow of His wings (Psalm 17:8), when your soul, spirit and body needs rest (Matthew 11:28-30). He is the lifter of your head and you’ll come through that storm with victory! Psalm 3:3 (AMP)But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.
Let me leave you with one of my husband’s favorite passages of Scriptures:
2 Corinthians 4:7-10 (NIV) But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.
Don’t forget to be a voice in the raging wind that redirects us toward Him for someone in the midst of their storm. I am praying for you even now with great expectation for what will come after the storm is over!! If you need prayer, please contact me.