What happens after the storm?

13bf162fab354346313c56de75ca2372I really like thunderstorms. Most of the time I love the thunderstorm when I get to stay home and relax. Sitting on the couch with a good book and a cup of coffee (with Connie and Molly by me :)) with a thunderstorm in the background is one of the most relaxing things. I look forward to these days, though they rarely happen right now. Even a good snow storm that forces us to stay home and not do anything…those are two of my favorite storms!

But what about storms of life? You go out to the car, put the key in, and nothing happens. You turn on the heat when the weather starts to change and you find out your furnace no longer works and needs to be replaced…and you didn’t have any warranty or protection on it. Or what about a heavier storm? Your children don’t like you or talk to you. Someone you love and have known for years passes away. Storms are not usually things we look forward to, but they are things we can learn greatly from.

For whatever reason, when we are in the middle of a storm, it is much easier to trust God and follow Him. We realize we can do nothing without Him and we rely on His strength and peace and work in our life. But what happens when the storm ends? That is the focus of this post.

Israel had experienced a few storms, mainly as consequences for their lack of following God and their disobedience. Jeremiah 46:27 says,

But you, My servant Jacob, do not be afraid, and do not be discouraged, Israel, for without fail I will save you from far away and your descendants, from the land of their captivity! Jacob will return and have calm and quiet with no one to frighten him.

Wouldn’t this be a great comfort to you in the middle of a storm? It was to the Israelites. God is going to rescue them! Through the storm it is easy to trust God, but after the storm it becomes harder for some reason. The Israelites trusted God here that He would deliver them, but their dependence was short-lived. Israel notoriously followed God for a time and then walked away.

What if we followed God with the same faithfulness in the storm that we did when the storm was over? Storms would still come, right? The presence of a storm doesn’t mean we are far from God. But when a storm comes, we would be better equipped to get through the storm because of our faithfulness before the storm.

It’s been said that you are either in a storm, coming out of a storm, or going into a storm. That’s just kind of how life is. What would your life look like if you were faithful in every one of these places? Faithful to God as He walks with you through the storm, faithful to God as He walks with you out of the storm, and faithful to God as He walks with you as you are going into the storm.

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Stay faithful to God. Learn His Word and follow it. This will be our breath and strength and food when the storm comes. I am praying for you as you go through this life; that you would trust in God as Savior, and you would follow Him fully every day.

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