God is in Control of the Storm
Most of the time we believe God is in control when everything is going our way. We’ve getting good breaks. Business is up. The family is happy. The kids are making good grades. We know God is directing our steps. Life is good.But having faith doesn’t exempt us from difficulties. The storms of life come to every person. We get a bad medical report. A friend betrays us. Business takes a downturn. In the difficult times it’s easy to think, “God, where are You? How could You let this happen to me?”
But the same God Who is in control in the good times is just as in control in the tough times. God will not allow a storm unless He has a divine purpose for it. He never said He would prevent every difficulty, but God did promise He would use every difficulty.
Here’s the key: God will direct the winds of the storm to blow you where He wants you to go. We see storms as being negative. “Oh, this is so bad. Can’t believe this is happening to me.” But God uses the storm to move you from point A to point B. The winds may be strong, the circumstances may look bad, but if you will stay in faith, not get bitter, not start complaining, those winds will blow you to a new level of your destiny.
It may have been meant for your harm, but God knows how to shift the winds. Instead of blowing you backward He can cause them to blow you forward where you will come our better, stronger and that storm also will move you to a place of greater blessing and greater influence.
A lot of people say they have faith, but in the tough times they fall apart. They feel like God has disappointed them. They won’t be happy until the storm is over. But you have to remind yourself God is in control of that storm. Nothing happens without God’s permission. If that storm was keeping you from your destiny, God would have never allowed it. If that person who left you, or that financial difficulty, or that legal situation was stopping God’s plan for your life, He would have never permitted it.
The reason He did allow it was to move you one step closer to your divine destiny. Instead of using your faith to try to pray away every difficulty, you should use your faith to believe that when the winds stop blowing you will be exactly where God wants you to be.
The Apostle Paul did just that. God promised that Paul would stand before Caesar. Paul was doing the right thing, fulfilling his purpose, when he was arrested. They put him on a boat that was headed toward Rome. Paul told the captain and the crew, “This is not a good time to sail. There’s bad weather up ahead.”
Paul had inside information, but they wouldn’t listen to him. Their ship was in the middle of the ocean when a huge storm arose. For fourteen days they didn’t see the sun or the stars. It was dark. The sea was turbulent. The wind was howling.
The storm was so bad they started throwing equipment overboard to keep the ship from sinking. They were sure they would be killed. Imagine what must have been going through Paul’s mind. Here he was doing the right thing, but he still ended up in the middle of this huge storm.
Sometimes you face difficulties not because you’re doing something wrong, but because you’re doing something right. It’s just another step on the way to your divine destiny. With most storms, we can see the end. At some point we know it’s ending soon. We just have to dig in our hells and endure it. But there are some storms, like the one Paul faced, that never seem like they’ll end. You may have problems like that. It seems like they will never be resolved. You may think that in the natural you’ll never get well, or never get out of debt. Paul was facing that sort of never-ending storm. The crew finally said to him, “You were right. We should have listened to you.” Paul didn’t say, “I told you so. Now look what you’ve done. You’ve doomed us all.”
Instead, he said, in effect, “Don’t worry about it. The God I serve has given me a promise. He said that I will stand before Caesar. He would not have allowed this storm if it would keep me from my destiny.”
When you have a promise deep down in your heart, everything in the world can come against you. The dream may look far away, but like Paul, you know this setback is not permanent. It’s only temporary. It will not keep you from becoming who God has created you to be.
The wind became so strong, the waves so big, that the crew on Paul’s boat could not control the ship anymore. Instead of fighting it, instead of trying to steer it where they wanted it to go, it says in Acts 27 that they took down the sails and let the wind blow the ship wherever the storm wanted it to go.
Like with that crew, there comes a point when you’ve done everything you can. You’ve prayed. You’ve believed. You stood in faith. Now you’ve got to do as they did. Quit fighting it. Quit trying to make it happen your way. Quit trying to force it to work out and just relinquish control. Let the storm take you where God wants you to go. God will never take you someplace where He won’t sustain you.
It’s a powerful attitude to relinquish control, when you quit worrying about it, quit losing sleep, and quit dreading it, and say, “God, I trust You. I know You control these winds. They can either blow me backward, forward, sideways, up, or down. But one thing I’m confident in: where You take me is where I’m supposed to be.” ( to be continued…)