What to do with storms – a Christian solution to big problems

What do you do when a storm hits your life? You may get a bad medical report, or get fired from your job or maybe a close relationship is in trouble. For most people, when they encounter a storm, they react with fear, even panic, sending them into a maelstrom of worry as they imagine all sorts of harm and negative things happening to them. When we face a storm in life, we often worry about danger and sometimes even death, worried that we can’t cope, worried that we’ll drown.

But how did Jesus react to storms? To find out, let’s read the famous account of Jesus walking on water found in Matthew 14:22-33:

22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

29 “Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

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Notice that when Jesus faced a storm, he wasn’t afraid. Instead of being scared of the storm, he saw it as an opportunity to perform a miracle. When Jesus walked into a storm, instead of drowning, he amazingly, miraculously, walked on water.

As Christians, we are called to be like Jesus. When we face a storm, instead of being scared of drowning, we should see it as an opportunity to experience God’s miraculous power – as an opportunity to walk on water. Our storms are opportunities for God to do something amazing in our lives, as he empowers us to go through our problems with a grace that will amaze us and the world. So when you face big problems, when you face storms – don’t be afraid. Pray that God will do something amazing in your life and walk on water!

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Big problem, big victory through Christ

Problems precede the pay-off

There’s something in my life that has been causing me stress (and the fear that accompanies it). It’s like a problem that looms like a mountain before me, casting a scary shadow over my existence. I try to think of ways which I can defeat the problem, but sometimes all I can hear is the Devil taunting me, “You’ll never find a solution to the problem. Everything you try will fail. This problem will destroy your life. You’ll be poor, sick, broke, homeless and starve to death.”

I began to pray to God about my huge problem, and as I processed my obstacles prayerfully, God revealed to me a powerful insight. Why do we have big problems in our lives? If God is loving and powerful, that is, if God is good and God is great, why doesn’t he just bless us with a life with no problems, a life journey that is a path strewn with rose petals, its softness and fragrance making us feel joyful all the time.

God spoke to me and told me that he allows us to face big problems so we can experience the joy of great victory when he delivers us from that problem. In Romans 8, God promises to work all things for our good and that we might be more than conquerors through his love. The bigger the problem, the bigger the victory; problems precede the pay-off. Think of David versus Goliath. The giant was what enabled a small shepherd boy to experience a great victory over an opponent much bigger than him, by striking the huge opponent dead with just a tiny stone.

I felt very comforted by this revelation. However, it’s still a struggle. God spoke to me and told me that I had to learn to accept and appreciate a life that had big problems, instead of always longing that my life would be perfect, where everything went right and nothing went wrong. To not have an enemy always threatening to destroy me. It’s hard to accept that life inevitably will have problems because that’s God’s will. But there’s comfort and joy in faith, in the rock-solid belief that no matter how bad things get, God will always rescue us and cause us to triumph.

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