Psalm 89:9 NKJV – The storms of life

You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, You still them.

Isn’t life just like a raging sea? When it gets really tough and there seems to be no end to the storm, there comes another wave to toss you around a bit. I remember times when out fishing; the storm tossed us around a bit.

Back many years ago, I was out on a fishing trip with my brother. The lake we were on was not a part of the “Great Lakes”, but it was big enough to cause some pretty big waves when the wind came out of the North. Well on this particular fishing trip the waves were big. I remember just wanting to get to shore. We were being tossed around in his 10 foot aluminum boat. The little motor working as hard as it was designed to do. We kept pushing forward but with each wave it seemed that we weren’t getting any closer. We were frightened that the boat would begin to take on water. We were prepared as we had on life preservers and knew how to swim, but still were afraid. Well, our fears were realized when the waves began to wash over the stern of the boat and we had water coming in faster than I could bail it out. Praise the Lord we got to shore.

I can tell you that back then, I didn’t pray. I hadn’t come to the knowledge of Jesus Christ and prayer wasn’t part of my life. But the raging sea still existed. Like I said, life is a raging sea. I’ve not had another storm experience like that in a boat, but I’ve been in storms. The storms of life include grief, disappointment, heartache, anger, fear, stress, and just trying to get by. With each storm, it seems the more I pressed on, the more the storm increases. Two steps forward, and one step back. Yup, I’ve been there. We all have. But I now have a saving relationship with Jesus and things are different. My ability to survive the storms is different. I have a better life preserver. “Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust.” (Psalm 16:1 NKJV) It’s not a floatation device, it’s so much more.

Each morning that we wake up, God has given us another day. Another day to breathe and live life. But with each new day comes new challenges. Some of those challenges might be only small ripples in the water. Not really a storm. No need to worry. But other challenges may cause us to be tossed around. Where is our faith then? Where are our prayers then? I try to remember this. With everything we face, in every situation, God is there. He remains. He doesn’t leave. He’s as close as a whisper. He hears us when we pray, “Lord, help me!” I am absolutely sure that even way back then when my brother and I were in that storm, God was with us. He was watching over us. His eyes were fixed upon us. That is the character of God. That is His nature. He loves us.

Friend, God desires for us to have a way to get through and beyond the storms of life. He proved that when He sent His Son, Jesus to the earth to seek and save the lost. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 NKJV) Jesus is more than just a captain of a boat in danger. He’s our ever loving God who can speak to the wind and the waves and say, “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10 NKJV) This is where we must place our faith. God will be your guide through every storm and He will walk with you. He knows the way to safety. He knows where the shore is. Let’s pray to Him and trust Him for that.

Great and glorious Lord. I am so glad that in You I can place my trust. That in You, I can know that You see all of my storms. Help me to call upon Your Name when I am in trouble. Lead me to safe passage and refuge in You. Forgive me when I try to get through the storms alone. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

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