Is your life just one big storm?
Isaiah 43:1b-3a - “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name and you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fires you will not be burned nor will the flames scorch you for I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”
Micah 6:8 - “He has shown you, O man, what is good and what does the Lord require of you? To do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”
We all walk through storms in our lives. Many are part of life … illness, death, etc. These types of things are those over which we have no control. However, many times our troubles are caused by others and these are the hardest to bear many times. We all have those things that people say that hurt and cause storms in our hearts and lives. The important thing to remember is that God is with us, always … forever … a promise. He loves you without regard to anything. Just unconditional love.
People will say, “You’re fat” – God says, “I love them.”
People will say, “You’re too skinny” – God says, “I love them.”
People will say, “Your language and skin color are different than mine” – “God says, “I love them
People will say, “You’re gay” – God says, “I love them.”
People will say, “You’re disabled” – God says, “I love them.”
People will say, “You’re stupid” – God says, “I love them.”
People will say, “I don’t believe in a God” – God says, “I love them.”
Storms rage between people (and even with God) constantly. They can lead to stress, depression, anger, unreal unmet expectations, and other problems. How do you address these things? These storms? It is definitely not easily and to be successful, it takes God’s strength in your life. Micah wrote that God is on your side. Even when you lose your job, people run you down, when they hurt you, and when they talk trash behind your back and treat you like garbage.
Micah didn’t say to strike back, to worry yourself sick, and to tell everybody you know what has happened so that others will turn against take sides. He told us that God requires that we:
Act justly toward those who hurt you
Love mercy (give forgiveness) to those who need mercy
Walk humbly with God and not try to do His job.
It is not at all easy, but in trying, it can calm the storms because we know Jesus is in charge.
I remember as a small boy, our family was vacationing on Indian Rocks Beach, an island just off the Gulf shore of Florida. An evacuation order came because of an oncoming hurricane and we had to pack and leave. We were crossing the Tampa Bay Bridge when we heard that the storm would be coming ashore at….Tampa Bay … very soon. With the water beginning to splash onto the bridge in places, my sister and I were scared until my mom reminded us that our Dad was driving the car and we could trust him to not let us be harmed. Our Father was taking all care for our safety. Even as a scared kid, that calmed me down until we got across the bridge and hit solid land.
It’s the same with our storms and trouble today, Our Father God is in control and he will calm the storms of our lives. We just have to trust and believe in Him. And let Him be in charge.
And for today my friends, this has been the gospel according to Jimmy.
Jimmy Cochran is a resident of McDonough, a musician, a minister and the author of Being God’s and Staying God’s, both available at Amazon.com. Being God’s is also available at Moye’s Pharmacy in McDonough.