Storms are the one thing everyone faces. I believe that a storm is either coming your way or you are in one now or one has just passed only for the cycle to repeat itself.
When I use the word storms it just means trials, crisis, challenges and problems that happen in each of our lives. Storms are a part of life. So my next question would be, how are we to deal with the storms that come our way?
We know that even though storms are not pleasant they are critical to our growth as christians and people in general.
In the book of James it says:
Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations.
Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.
But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4
How are we to deal with the storms that come our way? James says we are to consider it wholly joyful whenever we find ourselves in a storm. Why? Because we know there is growth and maturity happening.
* please understand, I am not saying we should not experience blessings and peace and rest. Everything has a time. And that applies to storms as well. It is not storm after storm after storm, no! After winter we have summer. That is the way of life. What I am teaching is how to respond WHEN the storms come. God is fair and He knows if our lives were just about storms and nothing else we would die. I want you to understand where I am going with this post and I don’t want you to get it wrong*
In the book of Mark we are given a very vivid picture of how we are to deal with storms and I will pick it up in part two of this post.
For now, consider it wholly joyful when storms come your way!