“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” (Isaiah 43:2)
Our walk with God is not a guaranteed stress-free or trial-free journey. In fact, our daily struggles will always be there, God might not pull us out of the storm, but He will see us through the storm. There is a difference between having God in our lives and living life without a relationship with Him. The difference is that when we invite Him in, we have a loving Father who will be with us during those trying times. He will equip and empower us as we go through those adversities and eventually help us become a strong testimony of His grace.
The storms of life: trials, rejections, persecutions, discrimination, opposition, pressures, sickness, unemployment, death, relationship difficulties, etc. They will continue to rage around us and we must be prepared. It will be difficult to weather the storms of life if our faith is not anchored in Christ.
Jesus Christ alone can calm the raging storm, and the rough sea of our mind, body and soul.
The enemy’s goal is to steal, kill, destroy, and erase whatever trace of faith we have in God. Satan wants to rob us of the joy that we have in Christ so he can diminish our impact on other people. He wants us to lessen our influence to others so that God’s love cannot be spread. If he can get us to focus on our problems rather than our God, he is very happy. He wants us to be so consumed with our daily, mundane challenges, so that we do not have enough time to reach out to other people.
During the storm, when the winds are blowing, remain calm. Be still and let God be God. He is our anchor. Anchors are used to prevent the vessel from drifting due to wind or current. In the midst of the storm, it is vital for us to be silent and reflect on God’s promises. Diane Clark in her article – “Set Your Anchors!”, recommended 6 important chains that we must have so we can be attached to the Anchor: prayer, fasting, meditation, Bible study, fellowship and faith.
Face the storms of life with courage and confidence in Christ. Let us not drift away from our life purpose. Focus on the anchor of your faith!