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Present In The Storms

 

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Present in the Storms

Simposious presents the Sunday Devotion from the Upper Room for your devotional reading.

Read Mark 4:35-41

Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all the nations . . . teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

– Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)

Lightning dashed across the sky and struck the ground in front and behind us. The rains deluged us as we strode the hilly and rocky five-mile path. Drenched in the five-hour nonstop downpour, we sang and prayed. Our church had decided to obey the Great Commission by preaching God’s word to one of the villages across the hill. We were returning from this evangelistic journey, bursting with joy for the way the Lord had opened the hearts of the people. Then suddenly, our elation turned into fear and apprehension when the dreaded storm began to pound us. Didn’t the Lord promise to be with us until the end of the age? I asked myself. Why is God allowing our lives to be threatened by this storm when we are taking the gospel to the lost? As these thoughts dashed through my mind, the part of the message in the Great Commission that says, “I am with you always, to the very end of the age” expanded in meaning for me. I realized that God’s promise to be with us until the end of the age does not guarantee that there will be no difficulties as we proclaim the message. But, in the midst of the storm, our Lord is there with us.

From: Devotional, UpperRoom. org.

Navigating The Storm

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Navigating The Storm

 — by Dennis Fisher
Our Daily Bread Radio is hosted by Les Lamborn
He commands and raises the stormy wind, . . . and He brings them out of their distresses. —Psalm 107:25,28

“The ancient people of the nation of Axum (located on the Red Sea in modern Ethiopia) discovered that the stormy winds of the monsoon season could be harnessed by sail for speedy navigation. Rather than dreading the high winds and rains, they learned how to navigate their way through the storm.

Psalm 107 provides a wonderful word picture of how God allows storms to come our way, and then provides help for us to navigate through them. “He commands and raises the stormy wind, . . . and He brings them out of their distresses” (Ps. 107:25,28).

Trusting God for guidance in troubled times is a biblical theme. Hebrews 11 lists many who used their problems as an opportunity to exercise faith and to experience God’s grace, provision, and deliverance: “Who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, [and] out of weakness were made strong” (vv.33-34).

Stormy circumstances are inevitable. Although our first reaction may be to run from the problem, we can instead ask God to teach us how to trust Him to navigate us through the storm.

When life feels like a storm-tossed sea
With crashing waves of pain and grief,
Turn to the Lord and trust in Him,
He’ll give you peace and bring relief. —Sper
Better to go through the storm with Christ than to have smooth sailing without Him.”
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