As I begin to write this message this morning, I’m looking out the office window at the Amberg’s corn field and I’m watching as a thunderstorm rolls through. I can hear the thunder rumble and the wind blow. The rain spatters across the window. I know that we need the rain, and the crops will soak it all up. Storms are uncertain times, though. We don’t know what might happen with them. They have the power to be destructive as well.
We go through storms in life as well. There are times of uncertainty where the sky is dark and we’re not quite sure what will happen. Everything seems chaotic and potentially damaging. But God promises to be with us through the storm. Psalm 107:28-30 says:
Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble,
and he brought them out of their distress.
He stilled the storm to a whisper;
the waves of the sea were hushed.
They were glad when it grew calm,
and he guided them to their desired haven. (NIV 2011)
In the same way as the crops, the storms of life can bring us things that we need for growth as well. Storms can bring change, but sometimes it is change that is needed in our lives. Times of difficult can cause us to evaluate what is most important and to focus on those things. If you find yourself in the middle of a storm, look to God for strength to carry you through.
We have one more week in our sermon series on Elijah. We will next be looking at the Letter of James. James contains lots of practical advice for living the Christian life. I think it will be a good challenge for us.