One of the big mistakes I used to make in the past, which was really affecting my relationship with God, was that, as a christian, I was immuned from “storms of life.” So, each time they came, I asked God questions like “why should this happen to me with You by my side?” The situation often gave me mood swings, attacked my willingness to pray and reduced my confidence in God. The worst thing it did was to make me forget so soon, ALL that God had done for me, including “calming” a similar “storm” in the past. But, today, by the amazing grace of The Most High, I now know better.
Today, I have developed a very thick skin to reduce the effects of “storms.” I have developed a attitude of “it shall come to pass.” Guess what? It’s really working for me. These days when they come, I say to myself, “it shall come to pass.” I back up this words with constant disturbance of my ONLY RELIABLE SOURCE OF HOPE. Not only that, I look for solution(s) to my challenge(s). I put in my best towards “calming the storm.” I don’t just pray. I take appropriate actions towards addressing the problem(s).
What really gives me this confidence is because…
“The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion,
and out of the paw of the bear,
he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine – 1Sam 17:37
God never said we would not see challenges, difficulties or problems. In fact, He said we would see tribulations. He says…
“these things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.
In the world ye shall have tribulation:
but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
So, in other not to compound our problems, our best option is to “be of good cheer” and deal with them. One way, and my approach, is to see storms of life as battles against us, that must NOT over power us. It’s either we win or they do. We have to do everything possible to calm the storms – right attitude, right actions/steps, very strong will to overcome, refusal to listen to anything contrary to the word of God and praying without ceasing and a having a very strong attitude of “it shall come to pass.”
Also very important is being very careful at what we say to God in our moment of “trial.” Many have worsened their situations by severing their relationship with God and even saying terrible things against God and about God. “In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.” – (Job 1: 22). As they say, tough times don’t last long, tough men do.
May the good Lord see us through all our challenges; and may He shower us with His grace to deal with the storms of life. May He also give us the grace to develop and sustain an attitude of “it shall come to pass.”
Thanks for your time.
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