Alerting us to thunderstorm warnings, tornado watches and flooding.
Each time it went off, we checked it out to see what the alert was for.
Because if we needed to head for the basement, we wanted to know ahead of time.
As I was reading the account of Jesus calming the storm, the Lord showed me some storm warnings as well.
1. Storms will come and they usually are unexpected.
Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. Mathew 8:23-24
Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. I Peter 4:12
2. Storms can lead us to unbelief
Teacher, don’t you care if we drown? Mark 4:38
Lord, save us! We are going to drown! Mathew 8:25
Master, Master, we’re going to drown!!! Luke 8:24
3. Storms lead us to doubt who God is
He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” Mark 4:40
He replied, You of little faith, why are you so afraid? Mathew 8:26
Where is your faith? He asked his disciples. Luke 8:24
4. Storms cause us to question God and His character
They were terrified and asked each other, “who is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him?” Mark 4:41
What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him? Mathew 8:27
Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water and they obey him? Luke 8:25
5. Storms reveal how little faith we have
It is through the storms we realize how little faith we have.
It is through the storms we are forced to depend fully on God.
It is through the storms we see what kind of foundation we have.
The truth is, we all have storms in our lives. Some are worse than others, yet the pain and suffering that accompany each storm are real. And when placed in the storms or the fiery trial, the enemy wants nothing more than to get us to quit on God, to question God and to doubt God.
In the midst of storms, the enemy will tempt us to turn from God.
Therefore, we must take heed to the warning signs of the storm. We must be on alert for the enemy who prowls about like a lion seeking whom he may devour. We must rely completely upon the Lord, for our flesh is weak.
So when the winds blow and the rains begin to fall. Go to the Lord and cling to Him until the storm has passed.
“The Lord also will be a stronghold for the oppressed. A stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name will put their trust in You. For You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:9-10