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What Storms Teach Us

Updated on September 9, 2017
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Rev. Margaret Minnicks loves sharing interesting things with her readers.

You have probably heard of Katrina, Gaston, Andrew, Hazel, Harvey 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 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.

God promised that the earth will not be destroyed by a storm again. He put a rainbow in the sky to remind us of that.-- Genesis 9:13

Jonah's Storm

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 then went 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 in the Storm

Jesus' disciples learned two valuable lessons when Jesus was on the boat with them.

  1. They learned that Jesus could calm the storm.
  2. 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 boat with us, the storm is under control.

Paul's Storm

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."

(Psalm 29:10-11)

How you ever been through a storm in your life?

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      Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Claudin_Dayo: May you always find a rainbow after your storms. Also, hopefully you learn from the storms you go through.

      Thanks for reading and responding.

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      Claudin_Dayo 6 years ago from Southeast Asia

      =) there's always a golden sky after the storm.. . it's really inspiring, since I've read a lot of articles like this this morning, I'm having a second devotional later! God bless

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      Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Betty: I look for rainbows after the storms because that's what God promised.

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      Betty Johansen 6 years ago

      An encouraging reminder that God is Lord of the storms, even our own personal storms. Thank you! I'm going to keep looking for rainbows.

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      Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Treasuresofheaven: Yes, storms come and storms go, but after the storm there is a rainbow in the sky. I get through my storms by expecting the beautiful rainbow after the storm.

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      Sima Ballinger 6 years ago from Michigan

      Yes indeed, storms do come in our lives. I like when you said, God wants us to prepare for the storm - because they will come.

      Thanks for reassuring me that even though storms come, I can be delivered safely to my destination.

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      Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Dian'swords4u: Thanks for sharing your experience about spending time in Malta. The Bible has so many Bible stories and that is one of my favorites about Paul and the other soldiers being shipwrecked and ended up on Malta.

      As usual, thanks for reading and responding.

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      Dian'swords4u 6 years ago from North Carolina

      These are a lot of my favorite stories in the Bible. I especially like the life of Paul. I am really looking forward to talking to him in heaven. He endured so much but never lost his faith in God and kept on doing the work of God. I only wish I could be a Paul. Thanks for the hub. I spent time in Malta and was in one of the places where he was kept in prison. When I placed my hand on the wall there, I received a real serge of power. I did not want to leave. It was as if that place was on holy ground. Thanks again

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      Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Dee aka Nonna, that is so interesting that you mentioned Job. I just wrote an article about Job. Hope you get a chance to read it.

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      Dee aka Nonna 6 years ago

      One of my favorite verses is Job 38:1 "Then the Lord answered Job out of the storm" The first time I read that, many years ago, it spoke directly to a need at the time. Having lived in Texas where hurricane's often come in at Galveston I've witnessed many very powerful "natural disaster" storms and it is in the eye of the storm where calm is know that all hell is about to break loose but if you can get through it you may have to do some clean up, you may loose many things but you appreciate family and loved one more. Reminds me of a favorite song "Through it All... I need to quit now... you really got me going today revmjm. Thank you.