PASTORS PEN: The Storm of 2015

By Pastor Robert Sponable

Lake Community Bible Church

When I refer to the storm of 2015, I am not trying to be prophetic and predict a terrible Michigan winter (one that we will tell our grandchildren about in coming years). I’m referring to the storms of life. We all have experienced storms in this life.

As a pastor, I have sat beside people in jail cells, hospitals, at funeral homes, in my office and in their living rooms when they were dealing with terrible, devastating storms. These were storms that threatened their homes, families, vocations, freedom, emotional stability, financial security, and their very lives.

In this life we will all face storms. It isn’t a matter of if but when. So when I refer to the storm of 2015, I don’t know what your storm will be; but you will have storms. Recognizing the inevitability of storms, what provisions have you made?

In Matthew 14: 22-33 we have the account of the disciples of Jesus on the Sea of Galilee in a life threatening storm. For the person who is trusting Christ as their Savior, and is a child of God, the text reveals five things you need to remember about our God when we are caught in life’s storms.

  1. He brought you here – In the 22nd verse we read that Jesus sent them out into the sea. He knew the storm was coming, and still He sent them out. Our God is a sovereign God and He has a plan for His children. Whatever storm you face, it is within God’s permissive or direct will; He brought you here. Job realized that when, in the midst of his storm, he said “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him…” (Job 13:15).
  2. He is praying for you - In the 23rd verse we learn that Jesus was on the mountain praying. Mark’s account reveals that Jesus actually saw the disciples struggling in the storm (Mark 6:48). What a comfort and encouragement to know that if you are a child of God you are being prayed for by Jesus Christ, your High Priest (Heb. 7:25).
  3. He will come to you – Verse 25 tells us that Jesus came walking on the water to them. The very circumstances that caused them fear, posed no problem for Jesus. Remember, the one who is in control of everything will come to you.
  4. He will help you grow - The Savior invited Peter to walk to Him on the water. Wow, walking on water. I’ve actually done that myself; however the water was in its solid state in January and February (we call it ice). Admittedly, Peter started to sink when he took his eyes off the Savior and focused on the storm, but it was a tremendous growing experience for Peter. So God brought you into your storm to help your faith to grow, and teach you valuable lessons about Him. (Prov. 3:5-6).
  5. He will see you through - In verse 32 & 33 we read “And when they (Peter and Jesus) got into the boat, the wind stopped. And those who were in the boat worshipped Him, saying, “you are certainly God’s Son!” (NASB) When the storm of 2015 comes crashing down on your life, remember…He brought you here; He is praying for you; He will come to you; He will help you grow; and He will see you through.

May God bless you and grant you His grace as you enter the New Year.