Wind storms, snow storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, typhoons, tsunamis, you name it, they seem to be everywhere these days! And, yes, they are more frequent and dangerous than ever before. The whole world is clamoring for climate change and trying to figure out what to do about it.
The Bible has this to say about the multitude of severe weather calamities all over the world: â€œthere shall be earthquakes in diverse places, and there shall be famines and troubles.â€ (Mark 13: 8; Mat. 24: 7) That does not sound good, does it? Nor do I see anywhere in the Word that weather patterns will reverse and improve!
In order to take the above verse in context, you will notice that both gospels prefix that same verse with: â€œsee that ye be not troubled.â€ God never gives a glimpse into the future without also giving you a way out! No matter what happens all around you, He never leaves you forsaken! He has provided a Way! Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. (John 14: 6) He has given you His Spirit, who indwells you, if you have made Him Lord of your life. Through the Holy Spirit, who is your link to God, you can do whatever Jesus did, and whatever you ask in His Name, that He will do! (John 14: 12-13)
So, letâ€™s have a look at how Jesus weathered storms in His earthly ministry. When He got caught in a severe storm, which flooded the ship, he was fast asleep on a pillow! The disciples were very afraid. They woke Him up, incredulously asking why He did not care that they were about to drown. Jesus calmly stood up, rebuked the wind, and told the sea to be still. Instantly the wind stopped and the sea became very calm. Then He simply asked the men why they had been so fearful and had no faith! They just couldnâ€™t believe it; in fact, they feared even more, wondering how even the wind and the sea obeyed Him! (Mark. 4: 37-41)
Jesus spoke and did everything that He heard the Father tell Him through the Holy Spirit in Him. (John 14: 10) He fully expected the disciples, to whom He had given power to â€œtread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall by any means hurt you.â€ (Luke 10: 19)
The disciples had a lot of experience praying for miracles. When they delivered people from devils, they did as they had seen Jesus do, commanding them to go. They did not say a little prayer, asking God to please deliver these folks. No, they had to take the authority given to them and speak it to the situation.
I can only surmise that they had up until that stormy night not applied their God-given authority to themselves and their own situations. In the ship they did not pray for themselves, and did not realize that they had the authority to rebuke the evil force that was about to kill them all. Jesus was their example; he slept in total peace throughout the storm. Why? Because He relied wholly on God; He was in total faith. He waited for them to take authority. When they did not, He showed them how, explaining at the same time how they needed to excercise their faith.
What do you do when thunderstorms and the like threaten your life? Do you prepare spiritually as well as you may do physically by storing emergency supplies and back-up power? Are you aware that the Power and Authority within you are infinitely more powerful than any force of nature?
The Word of God is Truth. If it worked for the disciples, it works for you. How do I know? Because I do it; and it works! Even my pastor laughingly tells folks, â€˜if you donâ€™t want rain on your wedding day, call Ann!â€™ I describe in my book how that it poured on the day of my daughtersâ€™ double wedding, but it did not come near us. Every time my husband and I need to travel through rain, I command the rain to stop in the mighty Name of Jesus whenever we leave or arrive at our destination. It may be pouring cats and dogs on the way, but when I assist him in or out with his wheelchair, miraculously it stops every time!
Whenever storms threaten power outages, I always pray that there will be light in Goshen. Just as God saved the land of Goshen, where the Israelites lived, from all the terrible plagues of Egypt,(Ex. 7 – 11) so will He save your â€˜Goshenâ€™ in the midst of tempests all around you!
As Jesus taught, itâ€™s all about faith, and faith needs to be exercised. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. (Rom. 10: 17) Be encouraged, therefore. Read the Word diligently and start applying it to your life. Godâ€™s Word does not return unto Him void; but shall accomplish what He pleases! (Isa. 55: 11) If God said it; I believe it; and that settles it! How about you?