This week a beautiful covering of snow fell on our home and for a moment all was still and peaceful. The glistening snow caused schools to be closed and the sleds came out and hot cocoa and marshmallows filled our mugs.
But not all storms are as peaceful as this week’s. Sometimes the lightening strikes and the thunder trembles. The wind blows hard and trees snap, windows break and homes, cars and businesses are destroyed.
Where is God in the midst of the storm?
Job tells us in Job 37:9-13, God is in the storm:
From its chamber comes the whirlwind,
and cold from the scattering winds.
10 By the breath of God ice is given,
and the broad waters are frozen fast.
11 He loads the thick cloud with moisture;
the clouds scatter his lightning.
12 They turn around and around by his guidance,
to accomplish all that he commands them
on the face of the habitable world.
13 Whether for correction or for his land
or for love, he causes it to happen.
We do not always understand the cause of the storms but they come into everyone’s lives. No one is immune from them and when they hit they are unexpected, they are scary and they point to a God greater than ourselves.
Our God is with us in the midst of our storms.
The timing of our study in the Book of Job could not have been more perfect for me. I planned for us to be in the book of Job LONG before I had any idea of the trials this new year would bring me. This is the book of the Bible I need right now! This alone shows me how intimately involved our Lord is in our lives. His tender care – to lead me through Job – reminds me of Psalm 23.
If you are in the midst of a storm today – reflect on Psalm 23 with me.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
3 He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
Are you in a storm?
Perhaps it’s a health issue, financial issue, death of a loved one, a job loss, a difficult boss, an unsupportive family member, friend or church or a wayward child or wayward spouse.
Perhaps you are exhausted with unanswered prayers and you are scared, lonely, heartbroken, or depressed. What ever you are facing today…
The Lord is our good shepherd and He never leaves our side.
He walks with us through the valleys. He restores our soul when we are weary. He leads us to the path of righteousness when we have lost our way. He gives us courage when we are scared and he comforts us when we are hurting.
Our God is the God of the storm.
He is mighty and powerful and the enemy trembles at His name.
There is no one like our God.
God is clothed with awesome majesty.
23 The Almighty—we cannot find him;
he is great in power;
justice and abundant righteousness he will not violate.
24 Therefore men fear him;
he does not regard any who are wise in their own conceit.”
Verse 24 says – “he does not regard any who are wise in their own conceit.”
May we not be conceited – but rather allow our storms to bring us humbly to the throne of Jesus to seek guidance and help in our days of trouble.
Our God is mighty – He can be trusted!
He sees and knows all the details of your private storms. He will take care of you. He loves you so.
Walk with the King,
What storm are you in today? How has God taken care of you in the midst of your storm?
For Further Reading
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What’s Next After Job?
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