Life storms are a given for all of us.
And sometimes wave after wave crashes against us, leaving us breathless and wondering what we’ve done to warrant such wreckage.
Isn’t that basically the story of Job? (Even his friends assumed that he’d done something wrong and deserved all that happened. But that’s a totally different blog post…)
But here’s the truth about life storms. They don’t necessarily mean we’ve done something wrong. Instead they are the result of a living in a cursed and fallen world.
Yes, we should do a heart check. And yes, we should repent if need be. But in addition to these, we also need to respond to those life storms in the best way possible.
I don’t know about you, but I want to do everything I can to prepare for those promised life storms before they hit. Why? Because when I’m in the midst of those storms, everything is so topsy-turvy and distorted that I have trouble distinguishing right thinking from stinking thinking!
The purpose of this post is to take a closer look at how to respond to life storms.
Life Storms – The Enemy’s Work
I personally believe that if we’re in a life storm, the enemy of our souls is involved in some shape, form, or fashion.
He started Adam and Eve’s life storm with disastrous results for them and all who came after them.
He was behind everything that Job went through.
Why wouldn’t he be involved in our own personal life storms? That’s what he does. He causes confusion and chaos. His standard mode of operation is lies. His motivation is to kill, steal, and destroy. Yep, sounds like a recipe for a life storm to me.
To make matters worse, the devil is full of fury because he knows his time is short.
Yes, some of our life storms are the result of our own bad decisions. But again, the enemy plays a huge part in even those.
Life Storms – God’s Work
It’s easy to question God in the midst of our life storms. After all, if He’s sovereign, why doesn’t He do something about the mess we’re in?
The truth is that He does!
God, in his always redemptive purpose, can use life storms to draw us closer to Him. He can also use them to bring glory to Himself as He delivers us from them.
While it’s easy to get discouraged and give in to stinking thinking during a life storm, remember that our God is a good, good Father. Every good and perfect gift is from Him! He has promised in His Word that He can make all things–even life storms–work together for our good.
How awesome is that? (And how even more AWESOME is He???)
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How To Respond To Life Storms
Other’s Life Storms :
It’s all too easy to distance ourselves from those going through a life storm. Worse yet, is to assume (like Job’s friends) that others have done something wrong to deserve that storm and treat them accordingly. But according to the Bible, we’re to treat others the way we want to be treated, and we all desperately need encouragement and loving friends to help us through times of difficulty.
So the question becomes: How can I help this person during their life storm?
Pray. Encourage. Comfort.
And be careful in the words we speak.
A recent mail-out I received from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in response to the devastation left by Irma and Harvey covered what to say to a person who is hurting. While I don’t have room or time to cover everything, the main message of the mail-out was this: focus on the other person, do what you can to meet their immediate needs, don’t offer platitudes, let them talk while you listen, and be prepared to share God’s hope.
This is especially true for those who haven’t yet accepted Christ as Savior. Remember that people are most receptive to the gospel when they are hurting. Our compassionate friendship might make an eternal difference!
Your Own Life Storms:
As mentioned previously, it’s difficult to maintain perspective in the midst of a personal life storm. But we gain back perspective by allowing the storm to push us closer to God through prayer, His Word, and praise.
This honest grappling with God over the struggle of living in enemy-occupied territory is the way to peace. It refines us and our affections.
Though none of us particularly enjoy the storms of life, they can fortify our faith and consolidate our commitment to follow Him forever.
No matter what. Even through the storms.