Storms with a Purpose

Jonah 1:14 – Then they cried out to the Lord, Jonah’s God.  “O Lord,” they pleaded, “don’t make us die for this man’s sin. And don’t hold us responsible for his death. O Lord, you have sent this storm upon him for your own good reasons.” (NLT)

Jonah had run from God’s instruction to visit Nineveh with the message of repentance.  As a result, the ship was now being battered by a tremendous storm.  The crew of this ship who worshipped many false gods cried out to the On True God for mercy as they prepared to toss Jonah into the raging sea.  Their conclusion is found in Jonah 1:14 above.  This storm was sent from God for His own good reasons.

Isn’t this true of every storm or difficult circumstance we face in this life? Storms come to disicpline wayward children.  Storms come to strengthen our faith. Storms come as opportunities to display God’s surpassing value.  There are more reasons for storms than I could ever mention here.  One thing is true of all storms…God brings them or allows them for a purpose.

When storms begin we should seek God’s purpose and respond accordingly.

If a storm of discipline…repent.

If a storm for strengthening faith…press into Him and trust.

If a storm to display His surpassing value…testify to this truth!

Wherever you are or whatever you are facing at this time in your life, remember that God is greater than your circumstances.

Rest in Jesus,

Andy

“For His Name’s Sake”

Psalm 106:8 – Yet he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make known his mighty power. (ESV)

Most of us have a warped view of God’s ulitmate mission and purpose for our lives.  God’s purpose even in creation itself is not me or us.  Creation doesn’t find its center in me.  The clear teaching of the full counsel of God’s Word is that God is about God!  In the culture we find ourselves, self-centeredness is not a quality we are looking for in others.  In fact Scripture teaches that we should be servants who always put others before ourselves.  So, with a Creator that seems to do everything for His glory, we feel the “rub” that leads many to questions.  “Is God operating on a double-standard?” Continue reading