We never welcome storms whether they are natural disasters or storms that we encounter in our own lives. Storms cause fear, worry, and even death. They are the result of a fallen world much different than the perfect world that Jesus created. After six days of creating, God “looked over everything he made [and He concluded that] it was good, so very good (Genesis 1:31 MSG)!” Unfortunately, the world we inherited is far from good. As a matter of fact, storms themselves are proof that all is not right with the world. As we await Hurricane Irma here in Florida, a massive storm that has already displayed her power and has already claimed several precious lives, now more than ever, we have a greater awareness of the fragility of our existence. We are faced with the uncomfortable reality that we are not in control. No doubt the enemy capitalizes on moments like these as his diabolical plan is “to steal, kill, and destroy” everything that we hold dear (John 10:10a). Yet, what the devil intends to harm us, God uses for good and to save many as they turn to and put their trust in Him (Genesis 50:20). In times of trouble, God is near; He’s a very present and proven help when we are seeking Him most (Psalm 46:1).
We naturally view storms for their potential for destruction, but I challenge and encourage you if only for your own peace, to look beyond the storm. Look beyond what’s in front of you, and consider the opportunity storms present to put the sovereign God of the universe more brilliantly on display. Look beyond the storm at the countless blessings that still remain. Count them and reflect on how these blessings as opposed to your struggles can be more magnified. Look beyond the storm at what we are inevitably going to which is an outcome of good and of mercy that will follow us regardless of the troubles this life brings. Look to God, our mighty and impenetrable refuge and strength; turn more earnestly to Him. For only in the safety of a perfect God can we find the perfect peace we need in order to survive our storms.