Difficult times come into the lives of everyone. None of us is exempt. But I am learning that we need to get God’s prospective in the midst of our storms. One of the first things we ask when we are going through is why? At least I do. I always want to get an understanding of what God is trying to communicate to me and I’m sure you are no different from me.
I sometimes find myself asking the Lord if I can just get a break. But God has a purpose and it’s important to seek him and get an understanding of the why. Some people feel it’s wrong to ask God why, but I don’t think it is at all. I think God wants us to have understanding.
I was watching a service online the other night and I could see that the prayer ministers were warring in prayer, about the opposition that the church was receiving. But as I listened to the people praying and coming against the enemy, I heard God’s still small voice tell me that there was something out of order in the ministry. The opposition had nothing to do with the devil. God was allowing it because something was out of alignment.
You see, some opposition is not about the devil. God is just allowing it to get us in our proper place. That’s why it’s important that we don’t walk in self-deception. Everything bad is not meant to destroy us. Sometimes it’s meant to bring correction and to get us to change.
When you are going through a storm, it’s very important to get the proper perspective and not go into denial. If you go into denial, then something more difficult may come. Sometimes all God wants us to do is, own it, adjust and move forward. I know it’s easier said than done, but the first step is to acknowledge to God that He has your attention. He will deal with you from there.
Consider some of these reasons when evaluating your storm:
1. Some storms are truly an attack from the enemy. The devil hates God’s people and he does attack. But even when it’s happens, remember God allows it (remember Job).
2. Sometimes we go through because we are in a reaping process. It’s cause and affect. God does spank His children and we can receive divine discipline. People do not want to receive this but it’s true. Whom the Lord loves, He chastens. We do reap what we sow.
3. Sometimes our trials are allowed by God, so that He will get the glory out of the situation. That can include sickness, loss, financial issues, etc. God may be allowing it to give you a great testimony of His power.
4. Finally sometimes, we are just going through life. My father died last year. He lived a long life and he died. It was a storm for me, but it doesn’t fit into any of the above categories. People die and if you live long enough, you will lose a loved one. It’s called the circle of life.
Ask the Father for His thoughts on the matter and once you feel you have heard his voice, act accordingly. And don’t be afraid to own your responsibility in a matter. If you are reaping, you just are. Be honest about it. Nobody is perfect, so welcome to the club. We all will reap at some point in our lives even if it’s just for not taking care of our bodies. Repent, make amends and move on. Just make sure you have the right perspective on your storm.
New King James Version (NKJV)
8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.