As we continue with this idea of finding “CALM” in the storm, let us consider another truth – Finding “CALM” in the storm requires you to acknowledge that God allowed this storm for your good AND for His glory. This truth can be a tough one to get your arms around at times. There are a few parts to this statement that we need to consider as we seek “CALM” in the storm.
First, we have to acknowledge that God allowed this storm. There is so much talk in our society about the “bad” things that are happening all around us and to us. Granted, the world is full of evil that all traces back to the original sin of Adam and Eve. But Scripture supports the truth that not all “bad” things, as we would call them, are allowed in our lives as punishment. The Psalmist writes the following in Psalm 119:75: “I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.” If the storms of life are all bad for us, this verse is contradictory because the Psalmist saw the affliction in his life as the Lord’s demonstration of His faithfulness.
Secondly, we must acknowledge that God allowed this storm for your good. Admittedly, none of us would volunteer for a storm in our lives, but God sometimes brings those storms in our lives to show us how good He is. Again, the Psalmist states in Psalm 84:11 – “For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” I often go to this verse to remind myself that everything the Lord sends my way is good for me because He promises not to withhold good from those are seeking to walk with Him. That leads to the conclusion that the storm in my life must be for my good!
Lastly, we must acknowledge that God allowed this storm for your good AND for His glory. As believers, we must realize that God’s ultimate purpose in creating us was to bring glory to Him. Revelation 4:11 – “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” So even in the storm, we must seek to give Him glory for what He is doing in our lives.
The storms of life should help us see His working in us if we are seeking to see it. Sometimes it is necessary to follow the Psalmist’s admonition and just “be still and know that He is God” (Psalm 46:10). He is in control, and not only in control, but He is working His master plan that is for your good and ultimately for His glory. How are you doing at finding “CALM” in your storm?