Life happens, not just for me but for all of us. We may find ourselves facing some of the direst situations ever. But in the midst of what we go through, we have to be reminded that God is still God and that His plan for our life is still in effect. Many times it’s hard to remember those very things, considering the storms we find ourselves in. We may even allow doubt to creep in and we may also question God. It is always good to remember that God is omnipresent, a sure and ever present help in our times of trouble and that we can trust Him to help us weather the storms.
Remember the story of Peter walking on water? “Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, ‘It is a ghost!’ And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them saying, ‘Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.’ And Peter answered Him and said, ‘Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.’ So He said, ‘Come.’ And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying ‘Lord, save me!’ And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’ And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, ‘Truly You are the Son of God’” (Matthew 14:25-33).
Isn’t that amazing? The first thing I noticed was Jesus telling them not to be afraid. After that Peter answered Him and asked if he could come out to Him on the water. Jesus then told Peter to come. How many times do we find ourselves in the comfort of where we are, not wanting to move because we’re afraid of the unknown and the possible storms that this life may bring? But Peter rose up in faith, KNOWING that Jesus was with him. He wasn’t focused on the storm. He was set on Jesus. Everything was going great until Peter decided to shift his focus to the winds. That’s when he started to sink. See, while he was walking towards Jesus with Jesus as his focus, he wasn’t bothered with the things that surrounded him. He was focused! We have to be mindful that when we find ourselves in certain situations, we can trust God to keep us from sinking. Once we master staying focus, what we go through will be a testimony and a blessing to someone else and God will be glorified.
I want to encourage you to focus on God and draw closer to Him as you face your storms. Know that He is the same God who can calm the storm. I’ve listed some key points and scriptures that I find very helpful when facing different situations and circumstances in life.
Here are some keys to help you get through those trying times:
- Remember who God is! Remember His plan for deliverance and that He will not renege on His Word. He is faithful! You just have to trust Him.
- Numbers 23:19 reminds us that “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”
- Psalm 18:2 assures us that “The LORD is my rock and fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
- Reactivate your faith! Faith is the foundation on which we build. Each storm makes way for our faith to grow and as our faith grows, we’ll trust God when we face upcoming storms.
- Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:1,6)
- For we walk by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7)
- He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. (Romans 4:20-21)
- Respond to your situation in a positive way!
- Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:4, 6-7)
- In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:6-7)
Remember that trials and storms are meant to increase our faith and to help us produce fruits in our life. James 1:3 says “knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” And we clearly see that what we go through is not for ourselves, but for others. Matthew 14:33 says “Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying ‘Truly You are the Son of God.’” The faith of those who were still in the boat was probably increased just by watching Peter step outside of the boat and witnessing him walking on water in the midst of the storm. They were able to see with their own eyes what happened when Peter focused on Jesus and also what happened when he shifted his focus from Jesus. Even after that, Jesus reached out and saved him. So the next time you encounter a storm, remember who God is, reactivate your faith and make sure you respond to the situation in a positive way. There are people who are still in their boat waiting for you to get through your storm just so that they can be encouraged and have faith to trust Jesus as they face the storms in their life. Let Jesus help you weather your storm!