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There has been some strange weather patterns all across the country. But then, there has been some storms that have swept over all of our lives the last few years.

And that brought one line in Nahum to mind …

In whirlwind and storm is His way, And clouds are the dust beneath His feet.”
(Nahum 1:3, NASB)

Perhaps life has some God-appointed storms in all of our lives. Some were recorded for us on the pages of His Word.

The one thing they have in common is that God was the One in control of each of these life storms.

But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases.” (Psalm 115:3, NASB)

They also all have a way of changing the course of our lives and bringing us back to what is important.

When you are in distress and all these things have come upon you, in the latter days you will return to the Lord your God and listen to His voice.
(Deuteronomy 4:30, NASB)

It’s interesting to think the storms of life serve deeper purposes than we oft times realize. We would do anything to avoid pain and difficulties.

Chuck Swindoll makes this observation:

“Two things should comfort us in the midst of daily lightening and thunder and rain and wind. First, these squalls surge across everyone’s horizon … Second, we all need them. God has no other method more effective. The massive blows and shattering blasts (not to mention the little, constant irritations) smooth us, humble us, and compel us to submit to His script and His chosen role for our lives.”

(from Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life, page 133)

Somehow the big storms, and the little irritations, brought on by God in life serve the purpose of changing us, of growing us up in Christ. The lessons stick and carry us for the rest of our lives.

“God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm.
Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never-ending skill
He treasures up His bright designs,
And works His sovereign will.”
(by William Cowper)

Your way was in the sea and Your paths in the mighty waters, and Your footprints may not be known. You led Your people like a flock By the hand of Moses and Aaron.”
(Psalm 77:19, NASB)

Sometimes we don’t see His footprints and leading when we are trying to get out from under life. Not every storm is detrimental, some are for our benefit.

One thing we can be certain of …

When we trust Him in the storm,
He will lead us through and
work His perfect will in our lives.

In her post, For Those Who Have Been Living Small Lately, Jen Avellaneda brings a challenge to be bold in our faith, to be His light in this world which is getting darker. “True light never dies. God’s glory doesn’t fade. Divine power doesn’t dim in light of evil or persecution.” Read her post HERE.


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