How to trust in the storm is essential as the journey of Life is laced with a set of difficulties, detours, and turns. As Christians, we are not spared from life’s uncertainties and challenges. Our faith, trust, and dedication to God, however, is our hidden weapon for navigating life’s path.
We recognize that God’s plan for our life is excellent and that His ways are superior to ours by saying, “Thy way, not mine, oh God.” Even while we may not always comprehend the course that God takes us on, we have faith that His intentions for us are good and that He won’t ever abandon us. We must trust in the storm- still believing in God no matter the circumstance.
Like Jesus, we could be deeply distressed and troubled and overwhelmed by storms.
What we do when in distress goes a long way to determine if we will be able to trust God’s will.
Does it mean we will not be confused and troubled? No. Jesus was deeply troubled.
Does it mean we can not even share our distress with close confidants? No. “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” Jesus told His disciples.
Does it mean we are defeated and remain in sorrow? No. Jesus left His disciples and went to commune with the Almighty who has everything under His power.
They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” He took Peter, James, and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.” Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” – Mark 14:32-36 NIV
Even Jesus wished for His will but gave in to the ultimate will- God’s will.
It means we will struggle to give in to God’s will. The ability to trust in the storm does not naturally come to us. We have to count on and trust in God’s grace. Only when we have built a relationship with Him, understand, acknowledge, and depend on Him, can we really trust His will.
Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done. – Luke 22:42 NIV
Our 3-point compass for navigating the storm
Faith: Faith serves as the cornerstone of our relationship with God. God has made promises that we cannot see, but we have trust that they will come to pass. Even when it seems like everything is going wrong, faith enables us to believe that God is in charge. As Hebrews 11:1 says, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Trust: Trust is also another important aspect of our spiritual journey. Giving God power over our desires, goals, and wills and allowing Him to guide every action are both essential components of trusting Him. Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and do not rely on your knowledge, advises Proverbs 3:5–6. Recognize Him in all your deeds, and He will make your pathways straight.
Commitment: The third factor that keeps us on track in our spiritual path is our dedication. We must be faithful to God even when it is challenging or uncomfortable because commitment demands it. It entails continuing on even in the face of adversity or persecution due to our religion. “Be faithful unto death,” Jesus exhorts us in Revelation 2:10, “and I will give you the crown of life.”
Let us keep in mind that our faith, trust, and dedication to God are what keep us going through life. Let us turn to God in times of adversity for strength and direction, trusting that His intentions for us are good. Let us put our confidence in His word and submit to His plan, knowing that He is trustworthy and won’t let us down.
Call To Action
Go to God in prayer, acknowledge His Omnipotence, and trust His will.
Cast all your anxiety on him
because he cares for you.
However dark it be
Smooth or rough
Winding or straight
Filled with joy or sorrow
In sickness or health
In poverty or wealth
In things or great or small
In wisdom, and all.
Thy way, not mine, O Lord
Finally, my dear brothers and sisters, let us maintain our confidence, trust, and dedication to God as we proceed through life. Let us keep in mind that God is with us at all times and that He never leaves us or forsakes us. Trusting that He will guide us to our ultimate goal—eternal life in His presence—let us submit to His will and His plan for our lives. Most importantly, as we are able to demonstrate the will of God, our lifes will be the ultimate evangelism