Anchored: Finding God in the Storm
Life has storms. Storms are defined as a “disturbance in the atmosphere with noticeable effects, discomfort, and inconveniences.” As difficult as some storms might be, you can navigate them successfully with God. God is in control! He is the master of all mountains, valleys, storms, and joys. God will direct the winds of the storms in your life to blow where He wants you to go.
“Storms are all part of God’s mysterious working through His will in our lives, so that we will be where He wants us to be in life.”
Single adults and teens face many storms. There is heart break, rejection by friends and maybe family, rejection in relationships, failure, unfair situations, tragedy and hardship, and emotional pain. It’s not so much the difficulty of the storms that is important, but learning to navigate them. I wish I could promise life will always be fabulous, but that isn’t reality. Life is filled with personal storms. Some of which, we will never receive answers for. Some things we have to leave in the hands of God. But this is okay, because He is not a God of chance. God knows where you are.
Here are five truths about finding God in the storm.
1) God is in control of the storm.
Psalm 103:19 says, “The Lord has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all.”
God is in control. He has either caused the storm, or allowed it. Either way, you are okay because God is on the throne. This is peace! Things don’t just happen. Life is not spinning out of control.
Read Psalms 107:29 (MSG). God calms the storm, so that its waves are still. He is in control even when the storm beats upon us so that we feel we may not make it.
2) God is in the storm with you.
Mark 4:38 says, “But Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a pillow.”
Anytime there is a storm, God is near you and with you in that storm.
“For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’” (Hebrews 13:5).
A quote by Christine Caine says, “The truth we store up in silence comes back to us in the storm and lifts us away on a life raft from the fears and disappointment that would otherwise pull us under. When we abide in His Word, He abides in us.”
3) God is working on you in the storm.
These are examples of storms with purpose:
A) Storms of correcting life habits.
God may be correcting your behaviour, or exposing bad habits. It could be a storm of God’s dealing with you on issues that you won’t face. Read Romans 8:28-29 (MSG).
B) Storms of perfecting faith.
God can use storms to enlarge your faith, to purify and refine it. “That the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honour, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ…” (1 Peter 1:7).
C) Storms of reflecting His grace.
Storms may not have anything to do with you at all. Maybe someone else has caused the storm, so reflect on His grace, show grace and faith, and be at peace.
2 Corinthians 12:9 (MSG) reads, “And then he told me, ‘My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.’ Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness.”
4) God can bring peace in the storm.
“Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace, be still!’ And the wind ceased and there was a great calm” (Mark 4:39).
Remember that whatever is over your head is under His feet. The storm that threatened the disciples was the storm that He walked upon. It was under His feet.
John 14:27 says, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
The peace of God passes understanding. It is not anchored in circumstance, good or bad. It is unshakable peace, unflinching, unwavering, not thrown off balance.
“Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the centre of your life” (Phil. 4:7 (MSG)).
5) God will bring you through the storm.
“Then they came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gadarenes” (Mark 5:1).
Storms don’t last forever. Even the worse hurricane finally ends. Storms have a reason and a season. Jesus will always lead you to the other side. When storms are at their worst, Jesus is at His best.
Here are some confessions you can speak into the storms in your life:
- God is Almighty.
He is bigger than any circumstance I face. I will get through this situation.
- God never stops loving me.
He knows how to restore me and mend my heart.
- God is in control of everything.
Nothing catches Him by surprise.
- I will stop worrying about things I cannot control.
- God has a plan for me, and all that has happened to me will be used.
- God’s love for me covers all my weaknesses, insecurities, failures, blunders.
- God is for me!
He knows what He is doing and I am at peace in the storm!
God will see you through your storms. He will give you peace in the storm, and peace through the storm. Trust Him.
This sermon was preached by Pastor Elio Marrocco on April 28, 2019 at New Life Christian Church