At various times we will all encounter the “storms of life" - unpleasant trials and difficulties. These ordeals may come in the form of sickness, accidents, financial issues, job or school problems, marriage difficulties, or concerns connected with children, parents or even our beloved pets. One look at our sick list confirms that the “storms of life" abound.
Such trials and sufferings will always be a part of living in an imperfect world, brought on by the sin of Adam and Eve in the garden. Unless we are careful, we might even find ourselves counting our problems instead of our blessings.
In a world beset by natural catastrophes, disease, political turmoil, economic upheavals and the threat of war, we may sometimes feel alone and overwhelmed by life’s difficulties. However, it will help immensely if we keep the following in mind.
God did NOT promise to take away or eliminate our troubles in this world. In fact Jesus alerted His followers that they should expect trials and persecution - John 16:33. He added, however, that His disciples could have peace knowing that HE HAS OVERCOME THE WORLD.
No matter what is occurring around us, God HAS promised that He will “never leave nor forsake" us (Hebrews 13:5). Moreover, when trials abound, we can obtain comfort and hope through His Word - Romans 15:4. Furthermore, we are assured that NOTHING CAN SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF GOD which is in Jesus Christ - Romans 8:35-39.
When the storms of life approach, as they most certainly will, apply the words of the apostle Peter, “...CAST ALL YOUR CARES UPON HIM; for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).
Jesus, always Jesus!