In our lives we all have gone through storms, some of them have been hurricane others are like typhoons or tsunamis and some of them are just been a little shower, but we all have gone through one or the other type of storms. There are some people that when the storm hit it just about shipwrecks them and it affects their entire life. Then you have those that are propelled closer to Jesus Christ, and it actually makes them stronger.
So, what is the “I” of a storm.
The “I” we’re talking about is not an “I” as in “eye” we’re talking about the “I” that is Jesus Christ. We’re talking about the “I” that is our Lord and Savior. We are talk about the “I” in your storm, the “I” that is in your life, we’re talk about God’s role in your storms.
In the news we see stories about hurricanes hitting certain area and how some people were able to weathered that storm, and as the storm go’s by and they are caught in the center of this storm and it’s said there is peace in the eye, it’s quiet, while everything on the outside of the hurricane is in chaos, you have winds blowing everywhere, but there is peace and tranquility in the eye of the storm, they say that you can actually see blue skies in the eye of a hurricane.
I want to talk about that place of peace, that place that’s calm while you have chaos around you, that place of peace that is in the “I” of the storm, that is in our Lord and Saver Jesus Christ the great “I” in the storm.
Matthews 14:22-27 (NIV)
Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
Three things you need to know about storms.
1. You will have storms in your life.
Even if you are doing everything you are supposed to do storms will come. God tells us to expect these storms you can’t run from them. We need to understand even when we’re obedient to God we will encounter storms. Storms are going to come, even more so when you are completely obedient to God.
2. You will be temptations in the storm.
Storms will test our faith or expose your fears we have a choice to be afraid or to trust and have faith during the storm.
Matthew 14:27 says- Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” Jesus talk about fear more than any over topic in the bible, it’s so important to understand not to be afraid of a storm, because fear opposes our faith and without faith it is impossible to please God.
When Jesus said it is I, what He was saying “I am” I am God don’t be afraid. Jesus is saying I am God and I am presence in the storm. When Jesus shows up will you fail to recognize Him. We need to recognize Jesus as He comes into the middle of our storms.
Peter in his typical style came to Jesus. But Peter started to sink he walked a couple steps and he look at the chaos around him and he started to sink. Jesus stressed out his hand and save Peter.
Isaiah 41:10 Common English Bible (CEB)
Don’t fear, because I am with you; don’t be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will surely help you; I will hold you with my righteous strong hand.
3. There are benefits to the storms
There are many benefits to a storm, storms will should you where you’re at spiritually, it will should you how strong your faith is and your focus will increase so you can see Jesus Christ in a storm.
So why would Jesus allow the disciples to go out at night knowing the storm is coming.
Jesus wanted to isolate them, have you ever noticed in your storm how God isolates you, the purpose is He needs to adjust wrong thinking, He wants to change how you think in the storm.
The disciples were much like us their faith and understanding of God grew over time, it didn’t happen overnight it wasn’t instantaneous. They had to grow with time.
When Jesus walk on water and calm the seas that’s when their eyes where truly open. Some of the best insight come out of the storms in your life, you learn how weather the storms in your life.
Are you in a storm right now, have you been rowing and rowing and rowing against an unseen force. You can’t explain why things are going the way they are, you know you are in some kind of battle in some kind of storm.
The Holy Spirit speaking to you right now, don’t be afraid. Look for the “I” in the storm, the “I” that is Jesus Christ. You will weather the storm and be stronger for it. You will get to the other side.
God Bless, Israel