Are you facing challenging times? Weathering the storms of life can be easier said than done right? Becoming a born-again follower of Jesus Christ does NOT mean you will have a pain-free life and everything will be smooth sailing. However, nothing is further from the truth. Here are 6 vulnerable questions you may be tempted to ask God.
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- Storms In Life: What are 6 Questions We’re Tempted to Ask God?
- Questions Answered about weathering the storms of life
- 3 Reasons we can find ourselves in a Storm
- 5 Ways to respond to the storms of Life
- Weathering the Storms of Life Quotes
- Your Next Step
- Your Turn
Becoming a Christian doesn’t make you immune to tribulations. As a matter of fact, in God’s word, you are told NOT to be surprised by them. That being said, you must lean on and be trusting God through the storms of life.
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange was happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. 1 Peter 4:12-13
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Storms In Life: What are 6 Questions We’re Tempted to Ask God?
As you are weathering the storms of life being born-again followers of Jesus Christ, more often than not you can find yourself tempted to ask God tough questions such as the following…
- What are you doing God?
- Where are you, God?
- Why have you left me, God?
- Why are you allowing this to happen to me, God?
- God, surely, if you love me, you wouldn’t allow me to suffer this way?
- God, since you love me, my life should be easy and comfortable, right?
Questions Answered about weathering the storms of life
It’s important first and foremost that Christians aren’t exempt from suffering. Look at the suffering Jesus Christ went through on the Cross. He was sinless yet He took the wrath of God on your and my behalf.
1. What are you doing God?
I don’t know about your Bible but mine does NOT promise us an easy life free of pain and suffering. God has a divine plan and purpose for the pain we endure while on earth. God also may not reveal or answer in the way we want him to either.
In many cases, we won’t know God’s reasons till we reach Eternity and it won’t matter to us then anyway. But we can trust in God’s faithfulness and sovereignty, and whatever the case may be is for our good, His glory.
2. Where are you, God?
We’re not alone in our suffering. Jesus is with us and we are NEVER alone. So, we must focus on God’s promises and NOT the problems and situations.
When we lose sight of the promises our focus will remain on the storms of life. Keep your eyes on Jesus and His Word and sweet peace and calm will enter our hearts and spirits.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
3. Why have you left me, God?
There’s a purpose for trusting God through the Storms of Life. Most likely, God is teaching us something and he wants us to draw closer to him through them. Trials do NOT feel good by any means it hurts and it’s hard.
As my Pastor stated, “Only in the Storms of life, can we fully see Jesus’ sustaining mercy. But everything in us, wants Jesus to keep us from them.
Some things we will only understand while we are going through the most difficult times and that’s when we must trust God while going through them.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9
Storms of life teach us what we are truly made of, and what we put our faith in. During these times, we often feel as though Jesus has left us.
When we need God the most why does it feel like he’s hundreds of miles away from us?
Let me speak the truth to your heart, sweet Friend. Jesus is sitting at the right hand of God praying for us and interceding for us.
Most often during our most difficult storms, we tend to bury ourselves in something or anything, other than Jesus, to get us through them.
Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Romans 8:34
4. Why are you allowing this to happen to me, God?
The point I am getting at is, that these things are not necessarily bad things, but they will NOT sustain you. Only Jesus Christ will and can sustain you! All these other things will not, no matter how much you want them to.
Are you trusting God when the storm comes? Who or What is your “functional savior? Do You___?
- Tend to run to food?
- Seek the pity of others?
- Lash out at the ones you love most?
- Looking for acceptance from someone?
- Find a person to validate, how you should and shouldn’t be tested.
- Use your children or spouse, to fill that void you feel.
5. God, surely, if you love me, you wouldn’t allow me to suffer this way?
Prepare for the Storms of Life. Far too often when storms of life come we can become overwhelmed and want everyone to stop and think about us and what we may be going through. We want to be cared for and encouraged by those around us.
But the reality is when we are going through storms of life if we would reach out to someone else who may be going through a much more difficult trial than our own our soul will be replenished.
6. God, since you love me, My Life Should Be easy and comfortable, right?
This is a false statement. We are NEVER promised an easy life this side of Heaven. The proof is in the scripture below.
These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world. John 16:33
The best way to weather the storm you’re facing is to praise God through the Storm. We should be Praising our Heavenly Father when everything is going right but we should be giving God our worship, even more, when everything is falling apart.
When we raise our hands in the surrender of Praise it releases all those burdens we feel pressing down on us. God is in control of our life and he allows storms to come our way, to strengthen us spiritually and make us more like Jesus.
God uses hardships to chip off our rebelliousness and pride to mold us into Christ’s character. This is God’s way to refine us as individuals and bind us together as his children.
3 Reasons we can find ourselves in a Storm
- Disobedience is due to us not following the will of God.
- It can be due to a Sin we committed, therefore we must wreak the consequence of our action.
- It can also be from Obedience, in which God allows hardship in your life, so you can help others.
As a result, whatever difficulty, challenge, or suffering, you may be going through, can be used to show the fullness of God’s Glory through you.
V4: God comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we are comforted by God.
V5: For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.
V6. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer.
V7: Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort. 2 Corinthians 1: 4-7
Jesus said, “give, and it will be given to you. Good measure pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. With the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. Luke 6:38
5 Ways to respond to the storms of Life
And so when NOT IF we encounter suffering how should we respond? We Should ____?
- Accept that it’s God’s plan for us.
- Take heart that he is using it for our good making us more like His Son.
- NOT become bitter about it, but know he’s using it to change us.
- Be open and honest and be willing to let it be used to bring Glory to God.
- And if at all possible may we rejoice in our sufferings.
Rejoice Through The Storm
If you have watched my health journey video you are aware of my medical standing and I have more to add since recording it.
It seems, that every time I turn around they’re discovering another “issue” wrong with me. I could choose to let it get me down but I try my best NOT to let it define me or who I am.
I’m going, to be honest, I have asked God more than once to Please put the brakes on! But I have finally come to a point where God knows what he’s doing. He’s God and I am not. I can’t see the “Big Picture” but God can.
Weathering the Storms of Life Quotes
Facing the storms of life: Remember how far you’ve come, not just how far you have to go. You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be.”–Rick Warren
Weathering the storms of life: “When trouble comes, focus on God’s ability to care for you.”–Charles Stanley
Facing the storms of life: “You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.”–Bob Marley
Weathering the storms of life: “Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles, it empties today of its strength.”–Corrie Ten Boom
Facing the storms of life: “I’m thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.”–Alex Elle
Weathering the storms of life: “You are being tested. And you know what they say my darling, being tested only makes you stronger.”–Downton Abbey
Facing the storms of life: “What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.”–Charles Bukowski
Weathering the storms of life: “One small crack does not mean you are broken, it means that you were put to the test and you didn’t fall apart.”–Linda Poindexter
Facing the storms of life: “New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.”–Lao Tzu
Weathering the storms of life: “Storms make trees take deeper roots.”–Dolly Parton
Facing the storms of life: “Be an encourager. The world has plenty of critics already.”–Dave Willis
Your Next Step
Please keep in mind you may not be aware of who you may be in contact with while you’re weathering the storms of life. However, your “storm just might be inspiring them to get through theirs.
Sweet friend, the bible is full of scriptures on hope when you’re in seasons of doubt. You can read what the bible says about hope for quick access. Remember, God’s got this and it’s going to be ok! I long to hear one day soon…well done my good and faithful servant! Don’t You?
Which of the 6 tempting questions to ask God resonates with you the most or possibly convicts you? I’d love to know.
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