Taking proactive steps to protect yourself from a storm before it hits can save you and many others around you. When big storms hit, most people find themselves disorganized and unprepared. When preparing for a storm, it is important to have a strategic plan. Having a plan increases your chances of staying safe. Ignoring a storm warning can cause severe levels of damage.
There are two types of storms we can encounter throughout life; natural and spiritual. Today we will dive deep into the spiritual storms in life. Storms are very interesting things. These storms command our undivided attention, disrupt our routines, and steal our happiness if we allow them to. The spiritual storms in our lives have the ability to reveal the real us. It seems that when storms are upon us, the things within us are finally revealed.
Storms are known to sometimes bring out the worst in us before they bring out the best. Our impurities are shown before the fruit of the spirit. If the worst in you is always revealed first when a storm occurs, there may need to be a heart check. Ask yourself, “Who or what your hope is in? Who or what is your foundation?” God has already given us the tools to weather each and every storm we endure in life. When storms come He instructs us to stay planted. (Jeremiah 17:8) Ask yourself again where your hope is. Our hope and confidence need to be in the Lord. Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. (Jeremiah 17:8)
Truthfully, storms are not fun. Going through these things does not feel good nor do they seem fair, but let’s think about a baby who is teething for a second. The pain a baby feels during this process may seem like it may never end. The baby doesn’t realize however, this pain is a necessary ingredient for change. After a while, the pain withers away leaving the baby with pearly white little teeth. If that scenario went over your head, what I’m trying to get you to understand is that storms help us grow. So let us rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope. (Romans 5:3-4)