By: Dawn Ashley
I’ll be honest, I am walking through a storm in my life right now. Storms can be scary, but the Lord has been telling me they don’t have to be. Through this tough journey the Lord has been revealing his truth and his promises. This devotion is packed full of his promises, because in the times God chooses not to stop our storm, He will always walk us through it. We have to hold on to his truth and the promises in His Word. Faith and fear cannot exist together, my friends.
For we live by faith, not by sight (II Cor. 5:7 NIV)
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see (Heb. 11:1)
We have to know that God is continually working in our lives even when we do not see the tangible evidence. God deeply loves us and cares about all our needs. As I have been digging in to His Word and listening as He reveals His truth and promises, a faith begins to grow in me that conquers fear. The Bible tells us:
Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ (Rom. 10:17)
Look at David, this man experienced fear and his response was to put his trust in God.
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you (Ps. 56:3)
Psalm 119 is full of verses that share how David truly treasured God’s Word.
I mediate on your precepts (Ps. 119:10)
I have hidden your word in my heart (Ps. 119:15)
The Bible is clear that our faith does not mature and grow stronger without the storms in our life. The struggles we go through are the very thing God uses to develop strong faith in us. We have to learn to praise Him in our storms and hold on to these truths. In doing so, His truth will saturate our thoughts and we will find these very storms become the stepping stones to a stronger and deeper faith.
My friends David volunteered to fight Goliath. He said:
The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine (I Sam. 17:37).
David knew what God had brought him through in the past, and in that, developed a fearless faith in him. God would carry him in the same way through his present day situations and the future that lay ahead. David trusted God. In this season, this has been a word God has continually reminded me of. He says, “Trust me, I am trustworthy. Look at what I have done for you in the past and how faithful I have been.” The world will let us down – people will let us down – God will never let us down.
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. The Lord is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one (Ps. 28:7-8)
My friends, God Almighty – the King of this universe is for us. Get a hold of that truth. If God is for us, who can be against us?
If God is for us who can be against us! (Rom. 8:31)
I strive for peace. I want to fix whatever situation I can, at whatever cost to bring about peace. I lay myself down daily out of love in hopes of bringing about peace. But why? Why am I trying to lay myself down for what Christ already laid himself down for? Why am I trying to do in my strength what can only be done in His? My strength comes in Him and Him alone. That, my friends, is how we walk with peace through our storm; the peace that transcends all understanding. That is how we operate out of His strength not our own.
The peace of God, which transcends all understanding” which He has promised will “guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:7)
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.(Phil. 4:13)
The storm does not change His promise or His Word. So, in the storm we have to stand on God’s Word and believe what He is saying, not what our circumstances or others may be telling us. God confirmed this to me through a picture I saw on Facebook a couple weeks ago. Do you see the rainbow (the sign of his promises) in the midst of this incredible storm over our city? Is there a promise in your life that you need to hold on to in the midst of your storm?
God, El Roi, the God who sees. Our God sees what we do not see. In fact, there is nothing He does not see. Let’s take comfort in that. Let’s rest in Him who holds our future and the future of our families in the palm of His hands. Even if He doesn’t move the mountains or give us the answers we are crying out for. Don’t we want what God wants and nothing less? He is our strength, our comfort, our steady hand, our firm foundation – the rock on which we stand. His plans are always good, his ways are always higher, and there is no place He will call us to that He hasn’t already stood. Let’s humble ourselves before Him and pray fervently and trust Him in our storm, for our God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in time of trouble (Psalm 46:1).