“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. Matthew 7:24-25 NIV

Storms Will Come

As I am writing this, Hurricane Ian is about to make landfall on the southwest coast of Florida. Today, I have several thoughts about storms in the Bible.  For brevity, I am going to make a few comments about each scenario.

The Wise man in the Storm

In Matthew, Jesus tells us that storms come to the wise and unwise people. The difference is not the intensity of the storms, it was how they built their life on following God’s word to them. I felt this morning that God was going to keep people safe who had built their life on following Him.  

  • Storms come to the righteous and the unrighteous. 
  • There is extra strength for those who are followers of Jesus

Jesus calms the storm

23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” Matthew 8:23-25

  • Jesus experienced peace in the storm and then gave the storm His peace
  • Our peace from God supersedes our circumstances
  • God’s peace is not contingent upon circumstances – good or bad
  • You can have peace- God’s peace-  in the middle of a storm

Jonah and the Storm

He answered, “I am a Hebrew and I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.”  This terrified them and they asked, “What have you done?” (They knew he was running away from the Lord, because he had already told them so.) The sea was getting rougher and rougher. So they asked him, “What should we do to you to make the sea calm down for us?”  “Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.” Jonah 1:10–12

  • Not all storms in our life are from our rebellion, but some are
  • Storms are a good time to evaluate your relationship with God? Any sin that needs to be confessed? Any delay in obedience? Are you moving toward God or away from Him?
  • Your sin can be causing problems for others
  • Throwing things overboard and working harder to endure the storm may not be the answer, confession and ownership of your waywardness can bring calm
  • God is willing to receive those with broken hearts and contrition.

Paul and a shipwreck

18 The next day, as gale-force winds continued to batter the ship, the crew began throwing the cargo overboard. 19 The following day they even took some of the ship’s gear and threw it overboard. 20 The terrible storm raged for many days, blotting out the sun and the stars, until at last all hope was gone.

21 No one had eaten for a long time. Finally, Paul called the crew together and said, “Men, you should have listened to me in the first place and not left Crete. You would have avoided all this damage and loss. 22 But take courage! None of you will lose your lives, even though the ship will go down. Acts 27:18-22

  • Some storms can rage for many days, or years.
  • Some storms are from the enemy to try to thwart the plans of God
  • Some storms cause great damage…they threw out all of the cargo and the ship sank.
  • God can and does speak in the middle of the storm – Paul revealed God’s heart
  • Unity – the stayed together – saves lives. Working together in storms is a good thing.  May God bless all of the agencies who are activated to bring help in a storm.

Today, we are praying for lives to be spared. Storms come on their own timetable. It is never convenient when the storm comes.  May you receive the peace of Jesus as you weather your storm. I encourage to draw strength today from the fact that the Bible is relevant always. Especially when we cry out for help. God is listening.

Blessings, Love y’all