Sometimes the Lord calms the storms that rage in our lives.
I love it when God does that, but sometimes He doesn't remove the storm.
He calms the storm, so that its waves are still. (Psalm 107:29)
Then He [Jesus] arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace, be still!" And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. (Mark 4:39)
Recently we were studying about the early Christian servant named Stephen. (Acts 6:1-8:8) Stephen was not described as a weak, faithless person, but as a strong Christian with faith, wisdom, and spiritual power. In the midst of persecution, the way that he handled the storm became a witness and an inspiration to others. God's anointing on his life did not result in deliverance from the storm — except in the ultimate way; through death. This is sometimes hard for us to accept, but God allows the storm in our lives for his glory. The key focus, however, is the witness of Stephen's life:
The way Stephen kept his eyes on Jesus in this storm was a testimony of faith to Saul — who at this point was persecuting Christians, but would later become the great missionary to the Gentiles telling the story of Christ.
The way that we demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit in difficult times today can also be a most powerful witness to those around us. Anyone can be joyful and peaceful when things are going well, but it is supernatural to have love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control when you are in the middle of one of life's raging storms. (cf. Galatians 5:22-23)
When you find yourself in a storm, by all means pray that the Lord will remove it. If He doesn't, pray that the Lord will help you to be a witness to those around you in the middle of the storm. We don’t want to be guilty of being fair weather Christians. In the midst of a storm, we certainly hope that God will glorify Himself through us by the way we handle our storms.
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