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Where is God in the storm?

Are you going through a storm? One of my favorite preachers of the gospel is Bishop T.D. Jakes. He is a charismatic and fiery soldie...

Storm

Are you going through a storm?

One of my favorite preachers of the gospel is Bishop T.D. Jakes. He is a charismatic and fiery soldier for Christ in this end time. I, particularly, love his delivery and the way he packages his messages. It’s one thing to have a good message, it’s another thing to deliver with precision and accuracy.

I watched one of his messages where he talked about the challenges that the children of God go through in their everyday lives, and how they might be tempted to think that God is far away in their darkest hours.

He admonishes us not to take the presence of the storm to indicate the absence of God because sometimes, when you enter into a storm, you tend to think that God has left you.



There are many kinds of storms in life: financial storms, marital storms, health storms, emotional storms and even mental storms. Storms that you quietly go through that other people, even the ones close to you, can't see. Bishop T.D. Jakes calls them undetectable storms. Storms that make people think that you have not been through anything because you get out of bed every morning, you fix your hair and you apply make-up. You also put on a smile and they have no idea you are going through a secret storm.

Now, the difference between a visible storm and an undetectable or secrete storm is that, when you go through a visible storm, somebody might offer you a helping hand because it is clear you are going through storm. But when you're going through a secret storm, there is no comfort there because nobody knows that you're dealing with a secret storm. They might even be jealous of the car you're driving not knowing that it's three or four payments behind. They might be jealous of the position that you were promoted to not knowing that now that you're promoted, you can't even rest at night. You can't even sleep at night, you have so much pressure, so much responsibility on you and all of a sudden you're in a storm and nobody even knows.

When we get in a storm, we have a tendency to wonder where is God? During the darkest part of his life, Job said of God in Job 23:8 “Look, I go forward, but He is not there, And backward, but I cannot perceive Him;…”

We buy into this notion that if God was with us we would have no storm, that if God were really with us we would be happy, that if God were really with us everything would go smoothly. We tend to believe that if God were really with us our bills will be paid and there would be no financial problems. Job couldn’t figure out how his kids would die if God was with him. “How could my house be on fire and God be with me?”

Verse 9 of the same Job chapter 23 says, When He works on the left hand, I cannot behold Him; When He turns to the right hand, I cannot see Him.

But, perhaps, that's why He told us to walk my faith and not by sight. We cannot see in a storm. We shouldn’t try to look for God in the storm. We cannot see God in the storm. He will not appeal to our senses. Our senses add to our comfort and God will not make us comfortable in our storms.

But just because we are in the presence of a storm does not negate the presence of God, nor does it indicate the absence of God. In fact if you really want to see God do his best work; Get in trouble.

I know that God inhabits the praises of His people, but if you really want to know where God lives, He lives in trouble. The bible says in Psalms 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.

If you are looking for God, He is in the storm. He may not be saying anything though. Just like Peter, you may find Him asleep on the boat in the bottom of the ship, but don't think that he jumped off the boat because you were in a storm. In fact, when God promises you something, get ready for trouble. He said to Peter, let us cross over to the other side…

He said in Isaiah 43:1-2, But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.

He said when you pass through the water, you got my word on it, I am in there with you. You may not see me, you may not feel me, you may not sense me, but I tell you what, all the while you stroke it in the water understand you are not stroking by yourself.

Don't be so aware of the storm that you lose awareness of God in the storm.

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