In the Midst of Storms

In Acts chapter 27, we find the Apostle Paul in the middle of a storm. And what does he do? He paused, broke bread and gave thanks to God. God puts these stories in the Bible so that we may learn lessons from them and find our compass in the midst of a spin-cycle word. We are going to have to stop in the middle of it. Sometimes, it is hard to do that because it is too easy to get caught up if we don’t check our bearings. In fact, in the middle of storms, we need to take the time to stop and check even more often!

Stopping in a Storm

Paul checked his bearings and realized what he needed to do. That one decision—to stop in the midst of a storm—transformed him into a man of renewed conviction. And that was the key to finishing well.

We all go through storms. There will be times and seasons when we will lose our direction.

In the middle of storms, how in the world are you going to get your bearings? How do you find your way, especially when it’s so hard to stop for a quiet minute in the middle of a raging storm?

One of the best things we can do is to take a look at how storms help us. That way, if you are looking for the silver lining in the midst of storms, you will come through better. What are some of the good things about storms?

Three Things to Remember in Storms:

  1. Storms Will Test What’s in Your Heart

By their very nature, storms test what is in a person’s heart. They also reflect the kind of heart a person really has.

In the midst of storms, the things that we thought we needed, we usually discover we can do without. When things get tough, you’ll be surprised at all the things that you don’t need.

Why does God use storms to find what is in your heart? It’s because we need to know. Too many times, the things that come out of your heart in the midst of a storm will surprise you. Storms take away restraints, debris and extraneous things.

God has to make sure we have a genuine heart. That way, when people see our lives from different vantage points, they will see that it’s not just veneer … they’ll see the grain of His touch is clear to the core.

  1. Storms Compel Us to Depend on God

“When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved” (Acts 27:20).

Storms bring us to that point where we have to die to what we thought we could do. We have to die to “my wind in the sails.”

Sometimes, the Lord has to come in and go bang and knock the wind out of me. When I think I am going to die, He breathes into me and says, “Now, you’ll make it.” But that exchange doesn’t happen until He knocks the wind out of me.

  1. Storms Remind Us of Our Original Calling

In the midst of storms, God brings us back to what is eternally important: to our original calling.

It was in Acts 23 when God spoke to Paul and told him what his call would be: to go to Rome.

“The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, ‘Take courage! As you have testified about Me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome’” (Acts 23:11).

God told Paul, “Paul, you’re going to Rome.” Yet, like we all do, Paul had a tendency to forget. When everything was going crazy, the Lord spoke again to Paul. And it was then that Paul was able to find his bearings again:

“Last night an angel of God whose I am and whom I serve stood beside me and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar …’” (Acts 27:23-24).

Paul is saying, “When the storms hit, go back to what God has called you to do.”

Strength in the Storms

Remember, when a storm hits, it may not have been authored by God, but He may just have allowed it. And when that happens, no matter what happens in that storm, remember that the Lord your God is waiting upon you.

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