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Where is God in My Storm?

When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don't be afraid of the dark

At the end of a storm
There's a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark

Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown

Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone

You'll never walk alone

Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone

You'll never walk alone

This song was written by Oscar Hammerstein and Richard Rogers in 1945. Hammerstein wrote the words. There does not seem to be factual history as to why Hammerstein wrote the song. Some historians believe he wrote it to bring comfort to war-torn Europe. Some historians have referred to it as a hymn. Where do we find the “hope in your heart” that Hammerstein refers to? It’s got to be from God! Where else?

Matthew 28:20 … And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

Hebrews 13:5 … Never will I leave you; Never will I forsake you.

*T. D. Jakes states in his sermon title referenced above that we have bought into the belief that if God were really with us, we would not have any storms. If God were really with us, everything would go smoothly, how could God be with us and we have financial problems or suffer through a divorce. How could God be with me when my child died. How could God be with me and I have cancer.

I’m not sure how people came to believe that as Christians we should expect a life that has no storms. There are no references in the Bible that even appear to give us that idea. If you trace the history of man back to Adam, you’ll see all men dealt with storms through time. Even Christ, the son of God, suffered through storms. He tried to teach people and was ridiculed, rejected and finally crucified. He suffered physically and mentally on the cross.

Job 8 - Job wants to know how all these terrible things could happen to him, and God was with him. Job looked for God everywhere but could not find God in his storms. Jakes says we cannot see in a storm; that’s why God tells us to walk by faith, not by sight. II Corinthians 5:7.

The fact that we are in a storm does not indicate the absence of God. Jakes believes that God will not make us comfortable in our storm. Psalm 46 tells us that God promises that he will be our ever-present help in trouble. We may not see God or sense God in any way, but we must rely on his promise that he’s there with us from beginning to end. Don’t be so aware of the storm that you lose awareness of God’s presence. God wants us to rely on his promise.

In Meeting God ln Quiet Places, LaGard Smith writes: “We should not be surprised when our own pain and suffering is accompanied by what seems to be an ominous silence from heaven. If we call for answers and don’t hear any, it doesn’t mean there are no answers. If we cry out for healing and healing never comes, it doesn’t mean that God is insensitive. Heart to heart, he suffers with us in silence.”

“God’s comfort does not always come in the form of healing. It doesn’t always take away the pain or change the circumstances. But just knowing that God is with us, whatever the circumstances, is enough for me.”

Mr. Smith’s words require a great amount of faith. You mean if I lose my home to bankruptcy, it’s alright. If my child dies, I'm supposed to be Ok with that? But, I don’t want God to suffer with me. I want him to stop the storm and make everything come out the way I want it! I want an outcome that will make me happy! He never promised us that everything would come out as we want. In II Corinthians 12:7-10, Paul talks about his “thorn in the flesh” or “his storm” and his pleading three times for God to remove the thorn. God told him that his grace was sufficient. Is God telling me the same thing during my storms? I believe the answer is a resounding “YES.”

Jakes asks a question: Are you steering your life on what you see or what you believe? He continues: I don’t know the details of how it will happen, but I will come out of this storm. I may have to wait, I may have to crawl, I may have to cry, I may have to suffer, but in the end, I will come out. He challenges people to make that statement in the face of Satan. Satan wants us to doubt God and to make that statement is a statement of faith!

I knew a preacher one time who would drift off his topic just a little, and he referred to it as “chasing a rabbit.” So let’s chase the rabbit.

Kay and I have been through our storms: a baby lost during pregnancy, our son experimenting with drugs as a college freshman, our daughter’s pregnancy just out of high school, the death of my sister in her mid-fifties, the suicide of Kay’s youngest brother and our health problems. Even though we might not have seen God as we went through these struggles, we can now look back and see that he was with us. You have had your storms as well. We all understand that we have had and will have storms and we came out of them OK.

Be ready to serve other people by being there for them during their storm. You cannot take away the storm for them so don’t even try! During our struggles, many people made gestures to encourage us. Many let us know that they were praying for us. An elder told us, “there but by the grace of God could be one of my children.” Don’t discount someone else’s storm by comparing it to yours. “Well, you think you have troubles but let me tell you what I went through!” Just a word of kindness like an expression of concern or “I will pray for you” is excellent.

When I’m studying a topic, the Bible is my main book, but I also use the thinking of religious writers to expand my thoughts. Some people believe the Bible is the only book you need, but I find the thoughts of others can give me a meaningful perspective. You’ve already read one from LeGard Smith so here are a few to close out on this study.

Max Lucado, On the Anvil, “God sees our life from the beginning to end. He may lead us through s storm at age thirty, so we can endure a hurricane at age sixty.”

Mike Cope and Rubel Shelley, What would Jesus Do Today? “Suffering, or the prospect of suffering, can throw our lives into confusion. It was the prospect of being separated from the Father and Holy Spirit on the cross that had Jesus in anguish in Gethsemane. Heaven sent an angel to minister to Jesus that night, and who is to say that he would do any less for you?”

God’s Little Devotional Book, “You should never let adversity get you down-except on your knees.”

Dan Stevers, Where is God in the Storm? – Dan Stevers Videos, paraphrased – “I know the storms that will come. You’ll feel helpless and abandoned and wonder where I am. I know this is not the way you thought our relationship would work. When you shout and ask where I am, know that I’m right behind you with my arms wrapped tightly around you whispering that I will never let go. There will come a day when I will quiet every storm and wipe away every tear, and that day there will be no pain or death, and I will be your anchor.”

God’s got your back!


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