2 Corinthians 1:3-4 – Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. (NIV)
In the southern United States, we are in the time period known as Hurricane Season. At this time, we are more likely to have devastating weather. But even if some areas of the land, the coastline, and the Caribbean receive damage from these raging winds and destructive waves, our wounds soon heal. We are able to see blessings that come with them. For instance, we've been in a drought for several weeks — rains will be welcome and healing.
When there's damage from these storms, we find that people are drawn closer together as they attempt to assist each other. As we help others, we find we are individually blessed.
1 Peter 5:8-9 – Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. (NIV)
One night, the disciples found themselves in the midst of a storm. Jesus used that storm to teach His followers many things. Today, our personal storms come in many forms. Often they are spiritual; sometimes they are financial, marital, or involving our physical health.
During these times, we wrestle with God, asking Him if there is not another way. When the danger is past, we discover that we have been strengthened through wrestling with these destructive winds and waves. When the storm is over, we can see what the following means:
Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (NIV)
We need the faith and the spiritual eyes to see the good when it comes.
Prayer: Lord, as we face the storms, walk through them with us. Teach us and strengthen us according to Your will. These things we ask in Jesus' name. Amen.