These thoughts are from a sermon Brother Linus preached this summer. I had planned to share some other notes, but these seemed the best for today.
Events that lead to life’s storms are beyond our control. Life’s trials are often followed by life’s storms.
Consider it all joy, my brethren,
when you encounter various trials,
knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
And let endurance have its perfect result,
so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Trials strengthen us, establish us in our faith, and make us more usable by God.
Be like Paul in Acts 27. Stick with your position with God and keeping directing people to it.
Check your winds
Soft wind (verse 13)- deceptive, so be alert to tell the difference
Contrary winds – stay put
Swift winds – be careful
Hurricane winds – stand in the storm and get rid of hindrances
To weather the storms of life we need to be grounded in the Word of God so we will not fall when the winds come.
To stand in the storm we may need to let go of something that hinders us from standing.
God never fails even when we feel abandoned.
My thoughts: These storms of life are those things that will cause us to turn from God and following Him. The winds might be light on us making us think there is really not a problem; then we start turning from God and going our own way. The winds might be strong as if to beat us down and totally discourage us. The key is to stay with God and not with our own ideas. God is the only one who will not change.
Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial;
for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while,
if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials,
so that the proof of your faith,
being more precious than gold which is perishable,
even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
and though you have not seen Him, you love Him,
and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him,
you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls
I Peter 1:6-9