When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when though walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. Isaiah 43:2.
Life will bring many storms, and each storm will bring a different casualty. Some storms will bring discomfort in our relationships, others will bring weariness in our faith walk, lacking in our finances, sickness and diseases attacking our body. According to our spiritual maturity, when storms come, we will meditate on scriptures that will strengthen our faith to remove doubt and fear such as (But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint – Isaiah 40:31. We picture the majestic bird that is our national symbol, a bird that is able to soar high above any tempest that might come along. We rarely think of eagles as having to go through storms. If a storm comes while her young are in the nest, the mother eagle has to leave her soaring and return to the nest to protect them. When the storm is over, she has to rebuild what has been lost and go on. Sometimes as believers we find that our own “nests” have been damaged by a storm while we were off soaring with God. Serious health issues may strike us or our family. We may have been hit with a rebellious child, or a husband who wants a divorce or is an infidelity relationship or our finances are in crisis. Many storms come into our lives, and we must learn to walk through them and keep going. Storms shouldn’t be a surprise, Jesus informed us we will have tribulations (These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world – John 16:33). Jesus will give us the grace to get through and will secure us for an overcoming victory as He causes all things to work together for our good, it may not seem at the time what we’re going through that it’s working for our good, but God’s word will not return to Him void (And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose – Romans 8:28).
In the process of our spiritual development, going through storms, our character will be developed if we allow the Holy Spirit to develop us and make us in the image of the Father and Son. There are places of rest in the storms, and that is placing our trust in Jesus who can calm every storm that comes in our life or give us His grace to weather the storm. We must know that Jesus is with us to help us to go through anything that comes to us through life or spiritual training. When going through a storm, we must place our trust in Jesus, prayer should be consistently accompanied by fasting. Reading the Bible and quoting scripture will strengthen our faith as well as strengthen us in the knowledge of what we should learn during the storm to come out of the storm.