After the Storm

After the Storm

Psalm 107:28-31 (NLT) “Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves. What a blessing was that stillness as he brought them safely into harbor! Let them praise the Lord for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them.

The aftermath of storms can be devastating. From complete destruction to minor cleanup, there is always an inconvenience or lack of comfort associated with raging winds, pounding rain, roaring thunder and flashes of lightning even inside the soundest structure. The heart races a little when the elements around get louder and more evident. Worry and stress are associated with bad weather. The more inclement the forecast the more likely panic and chaos stripping stores of essentials and draining every gas station for miles. It is also the time that heaven is flooded with the cries of people, “Lord, help!” Storms in the natural are unfortunate and uncontrolled. Storms can be stirred up within us as well. Situations and conditions drive us into a frenzy and suddenly a peaceful life turns into terrible turmoil. Stripped of all security and lacking confidence – it is in hopelessness many will cry – “Lord, help!” Since God is not moved by the storms of life and Jesus has already exhibited absolute power and authority over the natural and supernatural forces – it is safe to assume that the Lord is not moved by impending danger or looming doom. No, He hears our cry and He answers us. He offers perfect peace. He gives inexpressible joy. Sometimes it comes after the storm when those who have forgotten His Sovereignty choose to call on His Name once again.

Psalm 107 talks about the many ways God saves and delivers His People even from their own bad choices. Practical living without intentional faith produces unfortunate outcomes. Society has a norm and many choose to follow it rather than putting faith first. Faith is the sandbag that keeps us from sinking in life’s devastations. Jesus already warned of the end times and the turmoil of it all. Yet through it all, He promised never to leave us or forsake us. When the boat starts rocking and the foundation of our world starts shaking – it is not what we have but who we cling to that makes the difference.

Our family home was in the projected path of a Category 4 hurricane. Its slight shift right before making landfall spared our community of the brunt force that it brought as it came ashore at almost Category 5 strength. Our home is still standing. Our yard cleaned up. No damage at all. Yet just a few miles from us – homes were destroyed by trees. In the coastal areas, flooding from storm surge made dwellings uninhabitable even after the waters recede. Many are still with power and water. A little farther away – just an hour the major destruction begins and two hours away communities destroyed. Gone.

What a blessing was that stillness as he brought them safely into harbor! Let them praise the Lord for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them.

If you are reading this today, you are still breathing. Your heart still beating. Your faith is alive and the promise secure. God has a purpose for you being here. Whether you just experienced a historical hurricane or maybe are going through one of life’s other major storms, including but not limited, to loss of a loved one, horrible diagnosis, divorce, betrayal, loss of employment or even worse your home or any other unexpected event that has left your life in shambles – God is listening. He hears you. He is for you. He wants to help you. He is brokenhearted about your situation. Those who see the blessing of being alive and allow Jesus to take the broken pieces will see a masterpiece come together. He uses every detail for good to bless those who love Him according to His Word. We have to see the blessing of safe harbor. We must learn to praise Him before the storm, through the storm and after the storm.

Proverbs 10:24 (NLT) When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation.

The storms of life cannot move God’s People for they are secure in the palm of His Hand. Could it be that sometimes it takes shaking the foundation of our life a little bit to properly evaluate the structure? Maybe it takes some wind and rain to remove the debris hidden in our heart? The godly have a firm and lasting foundation called faith in the cornerstone – Jesus Christ. We move from victory to victory no matter who much it seems like we are losing. There may be hidden blessings in us and around us that can only be revealed when we cry, “Lord, help!” Always there but somehow hidden by our own hands and hard heart. God is always good. He will bless the brokenhearted and pull them close. He will bind our wounds and mend every bit of brokenness. As a Child of God – we are Kingdom Kids and there is more than enough provisions for us all to live prosperous lives from our soul pouring out into our everyday life. We must only call on His Name and believe that He will come.

I want to link my faith with you today. To cry out to the Lord with you. Come Lord Jesus come! Our agreement of faith will begin to shake the foundation of your life to settle it and fill every crack with His Power. You are going to make it. You were not created to survive but will thrive. You only need to partner with Your Father and link your heart by faith to His Son and Your Savior. The best is yet to come. We must learn to seek Him at all times – and sometimes that means after the storm. Thank Him that you made it through the last one and ask Him to prepare you for the next storm! In Jesus Precious Name!

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