[CF Devotionals] 2008-03-13 - Humbling Storms

Luke 8:24-25 And the disciples came and woke Him, saying, Master, Master, we are perishing! And He, being thoroughly awakened, [a]censured and [b]blamed and rebuked the wind and the raging waves; and they ceased, and there came a calm. 25 And He said to them, [Why are you so fearful?] Where is your faith (your trust, your confidence in Me--in My veracity and My integrity)? And they were seized with alarm and profound and reverent dread, and they marveled, saying to one another, Who then is this, that He commands even wind and sea, and they obey Him? (The Amplified Bible)

I've been thinking about storms a lot lately. I have many friends who who are traveling through storms as I am also now feeling the turbulence of this life. From stresses at work, to distance crippling friendships, to losing a friend or a spouse or a parent to age or disease the thunders roll across the landscape of our lives from time to time.

I am reminded of a picture of a large ship running ahead of a powerful hurricane. The ship looked like an insect dwarfed by the massive clouds that were still many miles away. It was so humbling to think that this man-made behemoth was so overwhelmed by the huge storm which is a typical storm on a small planet in an unimaginably large universe. And it is very humbling again to think that we know the God who spoke that universe into existance by the power of His words - from nothing.

The one thing that has become crystal clear in all of this is that God allows storms to enter our lives to teach us. The lessons vary and can have many facets from simple dependence on Him, to patience - a most difficult lesson for many of us, to trusting that He will care for our loved ones while we are parted from them - obviously a very painful lesson even for the most faithful, or to learn humility.

The clearest point within this thought is that we all go through trials. These trials do not mean there is sin in our lives. While it is true that God chastens those He loves, many trials come from simply living life and are used by the Master as lessons.

We often wait until we are already struggling to be still and pray - to pour out our hearts to the Lord Who loves us more than we can know. When we do, there are times when we rise with Him above the storms. Other storms we must go through. We must feel the pain of loss or suffer the indignity. It does not mean that God is not right there in the storm with us. As painful as it may be, there is a reason and God is in control.

Selah.

Still
by Reuben Morgan

Hide me now under Your wings
Cover me within Your mighty hand

Chorus
When the oceans rise and thunders roar.
I will soar with You, above the storm
Father You are king over the flood,
I will be still and know You are God.

Find rest my soul in Christ alone
Know His power in quietness and trust

Grace & Peace,
Mike

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