How Will You Experience The Storm?
Noah’s act of obedience did not exempt him from experiencing the flood, but it allowed him to experience the flood differently. People of God are not insulated from the storms of life, but there is something about being in the ark of safety that gives us an advantage over the wicked. God promises that in this life we will have difficulties, but when we are in Him, the difficulty will never have the final say! So He tells us we are to rejoice when the storms come. 1 Peter 4:12-13 says, “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.” Additionally, James 1: 2-4 says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” The storms of life destroy the wicked but for those submitted to the Lord, the storms purify and promote!
Speaking of storms, remember in Mark 4, Jesus was sleeping in the middle of one while His disciples were panicking. Jesus’ response is a template for us to follow. Sometimes, we panic when we see the storm. Similar to the disciples, we ask God, “don’t you care if we perish?” When we remain connected to God, it is possible to be in a place of rest in the middle of the storm. We know that a part of true rest is trusting in Christ’s finished work on the cross (Hebrews 4). Since Jesus conquered death and the grave, what do I have to fear (Psalm 27)? My job is not to avoid the storm, but I am called to obey God, that when the inevitable storms come, my experience will be redemptive instead of destructive.
About the Author
Anika Jones is a speaker and author of the book Lessons Learned Along The Way: A 40 Day Devotional. She blogs about faith and family at LivingForLater.com and posts weekly videos on her YouTube channels, Living For Later (@livingforlater) and Living Life Now (@livinglifenow). Anika loves speaking about developing intimacy with God and understanding who we are in Christ. She serves alongside her husband in ministry. They live in Illinois with their 6 children.