What Storms Teach Us
You have probably heard of Katrina, Gaston, Andrew, Hazel and hundreds of other named hurricanes and storms. What you might not know is that thousands of storms have been predicted and named long before they occur.
If the National Hurricane Center runs out of names, Greek names will be assigned to the storms. This means there have been lots of storms in the past, and there will be a lot of storms in the future. We can learn learn lessons from these natural storms so we can be better prepared to protect ourselves and our properties.
THE GREAT FLOOD
The Great Flood in Genesis 6 was God's method of bringing judgment on the earth. It rained for forty days and for forty nights and the earth was destroyed except Noah and his family. After the storm was over, God promised Noah that He would never destroy the earth by water again. He made a covenant with Noah, and we are reminded of that promise every time we see a rainbow in the sky. Whenever there is a major storm, we can be sure that the earth will not be destroyed.
A very serious storm came up in the Book of Jonah. God had told Jonah to go to Nineveh to preach to the wicked people, but Jonah jumped on a ship and headed in the opposite direction. When a storm came up, everyone believed it was because Jonah had been disobedient to his God. Jonah was thrown overboard in order to spare the other passengers.
A great fish swallowed Jonah. After three days, Jonah had learned that disobedience had brought about the natural storm and the storm in his life. Realizing this, Jonah prayed to God and the fish spit him up on shore. Jonah rent to Nineveh and preached to the people as God had initially told him to do. Jonah learned that storms sometimes come because of disobedience to God's commands.
The disciples learned two valuable lessons when Jesus was on the boat with them. They learned that Jesus could calm the storm. They learned they shouldn't have been afraid as long as Jesus was on the boat with them. We should learn these two lessons as well. Jesus can calm the storm in our lives. And as long as Jesus is in the both with us, the storm is under control.
Paul encountered so many hardships from people while on his three missionary journeys. In Acts 27:13-44, Paul was on a ship when a mighty storm came up. However, no lives were lost. This storm teaches us that we might not reach our destination the way we think, but we can still reach it if it's God's will. No matter how fierce the storm, we can still survive, We can still reach our destination in safety even if it has to be on "planks or on broken pieces of the ship." (Acts 27:44)
Storms occurred throughout the Bible. Storms are occurring throughout our lives. Storms will continue to come. Some will be more serious than others. But each storm will teach a lesson. Each person will have to deal with his own storm, but God wants us to affirm His sovereignty in the midst of the storm. God wants us to prepare for storms because they are sure to come. And there is a lesson to learn from each storm we go through.
"The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord is enthroned as King forever. The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace."