Learning from Storms


Timeless truths about storms. Irma and Harvey have changed many people’s lives. Even today as Irma travels inland, we are reminded of the trail of devastation in her wake. Here are some reminders about “storms” from Scripture.

First, storms do not discriminate. It rains on the just and the unjust. No one is immune or exempt from storms. Second, storms clarify. Those who left their homes suddenly were able to take only what they valued most. All of us are reminded during storms that our material possessions can be taken away from us instantly. We are also reminded that people are far more valuable than things. Thirdly, storms reveal. How do you really know if a building can withstand a category 4 hurricane? The only true way to know is when a hurricane that strong hits a building. Storms show us the depth of our faith. We are not to be anxious but trust God during all times – the good and the bad. Worrying does not change the outcome of anything. Scripture instructs us to “Be anxious about nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication let your requests be made known to God,” Philippians 4:6.

Jesus ended his “sermon on the mount” with the illustration of two different people during a storm. One built his life on the philosophies of the world. When the storm came, his world crumbled. The other built his life on the Word of God. When the storm came, his life stood. Storms have a way of exposing the depth or shallowness of our core beliefs. Build your life on the Rock and when storms batter your life, you will see the Rock unmoved.

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