The Storm-By: Pastor Dr. Charles Novak

Life, the if's, the but's, the why's, the if i just could of"s, are all synonymous spoken by individuals who are going through that big something in life. And it always seems, at that time, to be the utmost critical and detrimental issue in our lives as we know it. But does this not hold true to almost all issues of any significant importance in our lives ? The truth and fact of the matter is that all of us, yes each and everyone of us are either entering into a storm, going through a storm, or coming out of a storm. Now I will be the first to admit it, these storms or trials, are difficult to bear at times, and even more strenuous at other times in our lives. But the fact of the matter is that these storms, are nothing more that trials, that are given to us, and most assuredly the next question or statements will be the: if's, the but's, the why's, and the if I just could of''s.

These questions or statements are all very typical, and almost expected from those individuals going through the storms. Here is the sometimes hard to deal or hard to understand part, well, we can never really know why God has allowed these storms to come our way. But from the Bible we can understand what these storms can do for us. We must remember that all that God does, He does for our own good, with the full knowledge that we ourselves would never make the correct decision to truly place us in the position that at the end would result with huge change, but not just change but Biblcal change. Yes all of it for our own good, as we read in (Romans Chapter 8 Verse 28 Bible in Basic English) “And we are conscious that all things are working together for good to those who have love for God, and have been marked out by his purpose.” When we go through these storms, the human mind begins to work, and the thought process is, “well, this is not what I would have done” and this is true, but the Will of God is what takes place.

As we see in (Proverbs Chapter 19 Verse 21 English Standard Version) “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.” Still the question remains...why ?... well the Bible gives us insight to why God allows storms to come to us, well the Apostle Paul, explains to us about a issue in his life, this we read in (II Corinthians Chapter 12 Verses 7 Through 10 Bible in Basic English) “And because the revelations were so very great, in order that I might not be overmuch lifted up, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, one sent from Satan to give me pain. And about this thing I made request to the Lord three times that it might be taken away from me. And he said to me, My grace is enough for you, for my power is made complete in what is feeble. Most gladly, then, will I take pride in my feeble body, so that the power of Christ may be on me. So I take pleasure in being feeble, in unkind words, in needs, in cruel attacks, in troubles, on account of Christ: for when I am feeble, then am I strong.”

Reading this we know without a doubt that we humans are not the only to suffer through storms, or trials, or issues in our lives. Even The Apostle Paul, one of Jesus most loved Apostles was inflicted, also even after Paul asked Jesus to remove the infliction three times, the answer was still no, with Jesus saying only that “My grace is enough for you, for my power is made complete in what is feeble.” Then Paul says himself “So I take pleasure in being feeble, in unkind words, in needs, in cruel attacks, in troubles, on account of Christ: for when I am feeble, then am I strong.” Sometimes acceptance is just what is needed, other times we just must wait till God takes up through the storm, and we must be there, in all faithfulness. We are most definitely not the only one's to go through storms in life. Jesus had His Disciples go through storms as well, and this to build in them a true Faith, a Faith like no other, and this Faith was really built in a literal storm.

As we see in, (Mark Chapter 4 Verses 35 Through 41English Standard Version) “On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, "Let us go across to the other side." And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, "Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?" And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!" And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, "Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?" And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?"

So we must all remember that everyone must go through storms in their lives, no matter who you are, weather an Apostle or not. And weather we like it, or not, all the storms that we are either going into, going through, or coming put of, they are all there for a specific purpose, a Godly Biblical reason, that is beyond our human intellect or reasoning. It is all done for the best of us to make us better in every aspect, and this we know for sure, because the Bible tells us so, in (James Chapter 1 Verses 2 Through 4 English Standard Version) “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” Just the word perfection means to be without error, even when reading it, a challenge of some kind comes to mind. But with Jesus Christ, the challenge will turn to victory, victory in Him, with Him and Through Him, for the Glorifying of Him name. Amen