We all have been in unexpected life storms. How you respond to them, either you will be consumed by the winds and waves of it, or you will have the victory over it. If you can stand and get through the storm, you will see victory even during high winds and waves which is frightening? No matter who you are, you have probably been in a storm. We have all been there, caught in the midst, wondering how we got here. You wonder, where is God in this storm?
Every trial is an opportunity for God to teach us more about Himself, to reveal Himself to us in a new way. Each difficulty and struggle open the door for God to display His power in our lives. Trust Him to do what only He can do. He sees. He cares. And He is able.
Fortunately, as a believer, God has given you power and authority to overcome anything life throws your way.
“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Luke 10:19
We know that storms can cause a lot of damage. They disrupt our lives, causing us to stop everything else and focus on that particular storm. They cause fear and panic, while taking away our peace and joy.
But what if God is using that storm to test and grow your faith? How you respond makes all the difference. When we weather storms in our life, it grows us and produces perseverance. I believe in every storm; God has purpose in it.
Sometimes storms come because you are in the Will of God. When we go through these seasons of storms, we have a choice.
We can fall into the arms of Jesus and embrace His presence and His peace, or we can turn toward something or someone other than God, which leads to more heartbreak. God has given us a choice to choose life or death, blessings are cursing.
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing, and cursing: therefore, choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: Deuteronomy 30:19
A storm, this kind of trial, is an unexpected circumstance that invades your life, which threatens your very existence. We are not talking about a headache or toothache here. We are talking about a situation where your life is on the line, where you do not know if you are going to make it or not but let me tell you something else about a storm.
A storm is always designed to increase your faith and give you a deeper experience with God. Storms are unpleasant, they are uncomfortable, and sometimes they can be life-threatening, but they always come with a purpose.
And I think if God allows a storm in your life, that it’s ultimate purpose is to bring you out stronger. God allows storms in our lives to grow us up.
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What Does the Bible Say About Trusting God in the Storm?
God knows about every storm you are going through. Sometimes we must go through the storm so that it strips away everything that we are relying on so that we can meet the one who is God in the storm.
You can trust God. Many of you are going through the biggest storm of your life, but I want you to know that you can really trust God in the storm. I am not telling you something that I have not experienced. There have been many times where I had to trust God. When I did not see any way out. I had no choice, but to trust God.
I am reminded in Mark 4:35-41, Where Jesus spoke to the storm. “That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him.
A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.
Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
He got up, rebuked the wind, and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
Jesus was sleeping during this violent storm. He was resting even though everything around Him was chaos. Have you ever been in this position where the winds and waves were so high, chaos was all around you? You did not know where to go, who to turn too.
This shows us that we need to rest in God’s reassuring peace when things are crazy around us.
We can be still and know that He is God even in the middle of the raging winds and crashing waves. After the disciples awoke Jesus, He spoke to the storm.
He set an example of what we need to do in the middle of our storms. We need to speak the word of God over our circumstances and believe that God will fulfill His promises.
The enemy comes at us fast and hard with lie after lie, so we must be prepared to stand firm in the faith and take up the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Jesus relates fear to a lack of faith. We need to believe that God will fulfill His promises to us. He is faithful, and if He did it before, He will do it again.
Is God behind all these devastating storms and other disastrous happenings? Absolutely NOT!
Jesus said in John 10:10: The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Look at it in The Amplified Bible:
The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).
God is in control. Rest, trust and believe in the middle of the storm. He turns what we think are our setbacks into opportunities for growth and victory. So, what do you do, speak to your storm!
Even when life seems uncertain, God always knows what is going on, and we can trust Him to carry us through. God tells us to trust Him with all our hearts, rather than depending on our own understanding of what is going on around us. When we trust Him and seek His will in everything we do, He shows us which paths to take.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)
“Peace, I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27 (NIV)
James 1:2-4 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
Mark 4:35-41 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, what manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
Do not worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:6-7
Peters says, “These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold–though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So, when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” (1 Peter 1:7)
It is all about perfecting our faith! And when we realize this, we can successfully travel through these storms of life in complete joy.
James tells us, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4)
How To Trust God in the Storm?
Even knowing that He is God in the storm is not always enough in the face of the storm and so we find doubts creeping in. How do you trust God in the storm?
- Pour your heart out to your heavenly Father. He already knows what you are feeling and the thoughts in your head so begin speaking it. It is ok to be angry, to hurt, and to ask questions. As long as these things do not sprout into roots of bitterness that will keep us from God.
- Remember that God hears and answers every prayer, not on our timetable but his, and not always with the answer we want to hear.
- Pray, spend time in God’s Word and begin praying using the verses. (A great resource on prayer would be Fervent, and A Beginner’s Guide to Fast and Pray. )
- Surrender, it over to God the storms we face are far too heavy and large for us to deal with on our own, but we were never meant to. Take the burden and lay them at His feet.
- Focus on God, and that His plan is perfect, and in the end meant for our good. Even when it does not feel like it now.
- Let go and let God handle every part of your life. Continue to pray, to seek Him, to spend quiet moments in your Bible. Surround yourself with other saints of God. Allow God to fill you with His Spirit
- Draw close to God and He will draw close to you. Be still and know that He is God.
- Keep our focus upon God
Hebrews 12:2 (NLT) We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.
Isaiah 41:10 (ESV) Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
- Speak out to others about Jesus, share His truths, minister to those in need, be the Lord’s hands, feet, and mouthpiece
Romans 10:9 (ESV) Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
When You Need Protection from a Storm, Rely on Psalm 91?
1. When You Need Protection from a Storm, Rely on Psalm 91
Begin to study Psalm 91. It gives you a picture of the protection that is afforded you as a child of God—if you rely on it and stand on God’s Word. When weather patterns begin to form that promise devastation, you can be like the man in Psalm 91 who dwells in the secret place of the Most High. You can say with confidence: “The Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust!” (verses 1-2, The Amplified Bible).
When You Need Protection from a Storm, Trust in God
Take your cue from King David in the Bible. If anyone ever needed help in time of trouble, David did. Throughout his life, he faced a lot of trouble and threats of trouble. He had to fight the lion and the bear that attacked his father’s sheep. He had to single-handedly slay the murderous giant, Goliath. But he could do it all without fear because he had this revelation: “Praise the Lord, who is my rock… He is my loving ally and my fortress, my tower of safety, my rescuer. He is my shield, and I take refuge in him…” (Psalm 144:1-2, emphasis added).
When You Need Protection from a Storm, Resist Fear
Focus on God’s promises of protection until all fear has been eradicated from your heart. Then you will be able to say with confidence, “I’m hidden in the secret place of the Most High! He saves me from violent storms and tornadoes. He’s my refuge, my defense and my very present help in time of trouble.”
When You Need Protection from a Storm, Obey the Holy Spirit
If you want to stay safe in God’s refuge, you must obey Him. You must do what He tells you to do in His Word and through the voice of the Holy Spirit inside you. When storms threaten, ask the Holy Spirit what you need to do. Do you need to leave for a shelter, remain at your home, move your car, cover your windows, pull your children out of school, go about your day as usual, what? Only the Holy Spirit can give you clear direction, but whatever He directs you to do, do it!
Your storm does not dictate your future. God does.
His Spirit, who is in you, is far more powerful than anything the enemy will use to try to destroy you.
Speak his truth to the wind and waves and speak it aloud. Do not hold back. As we declare his truth with our mouths, we find a calm that cannot be explained. Somehow, the tide recedes. And although our situation may not have changed, our stress level will.
I want to tell you that your best days are ahead of you. If you are experiencing a raging spiritual storm, it may be a signal that you are on the verge of something magnificent, and that may be the very reason a storm has suddenly shown up to try to stop you.
But that storm is your opportunity to see a demonstration of God’s power in your life! Rise up in faith and rebuke those spiritual winds, and waves, they will cease, and a great calm will come, and you will make it to the other side!
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What It Means to Trust God?
TRUST (in God): a belief in God’s truth, ability, and strength.
To put it simply, trusting God means believing what He says about Himself, about the world and about you is true and unchangeable. Trusting is a choice, not a feeling. The Bible tells us repeatedly that God loves you and always keeps His promises.
Trusting God is simply believing that He loves you and knowing He is good, He has the power to help you, and He wants to help you.
God wants us to put Him first in our lives. He wants us to put our confidence and trust in Him, all the time, in everything.
Many of us have asked these questions when life hits us hard. “Why is God allowing this? What have I done wrong?” When our circumstances defy explanation, it is difficult to untangle our emotions from the truth.
Before long, we feel confused and frustrated. We doubt God care for us. We wonder how He could allow these circumstances at all, or if He is really in control, or weather He loves us.
I am reminded of the story in Matthew 8:23-27 when the disciples and Jesus are in a boat and a storm comes. They let fear invade them and they think they will drown, but Jesus is peacefully sleeping. The disciples wake him up scared they will drown, and he rebukes the winds and the waves ceasing the storm.
If only we understood how easy it is to trust that God would do that for us when storms come our way. If we only trusted in his goodness and protection over our lives, we would live a life less worried and stressed by life’s storms. We would have more joy and freedom in our choices because we knew they were part of his will. We would let him guide us entirely.
As you travel in your journey, I encourage you to trust that God knows what he is doing in your life. Trust him with all your heart and lean into his perfect will. He will not let storms overwhelm you and will calm any storm that comes your way.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
Why Does God Put You Through Storms?
God deliberately takes you through a storm and often makes you wait like His disciples. Do not get weary, even though it is dark, and you are straining at the oars! Jesus sees and cares! He got into the boat with the disciples. He is there in your storms! The Lord is at hand (Philippians 4:5)!
Jesus in this storm deliberately chooses to train His disciples to implicitly trust Him.
When trouble comes, we may react much like the disciples in the storm. Fear may rise. Doubt about God’s concern for us may push in. And though He rarely works in the way we might expect, He will always work for our ultimate spiritual good and His own glory.
Every trial is an opportunity for God to teach us more about Himself, to reveal Himself to us in a new way. Each difficulty and struggle open the door for God to display His power in our lives. Trust Him to do what only He can do. He sees. He cares. And He is able.
Whether you are a believer or not, life comes with troubles. You get to choose if you want Him to join you in your troubles, or if you would rather go through them alone.
The amazing thing that happens is, when we reach our end, there we find God. We come to understand we never have to go through anything in this life alone, we have an all-powerful, ever-present God.
We have a God who is always willing to help us when we call upon His name. God is willing and always ready to shelter us during storms. He helps us even when we are busy trying to do everything using our own strength, He never runs out of patience.
What I want you to remember as you face life’s storms is that Jesus is with you. You are not alone. And rather than focus on the problems, focus on the promises. If you focus too much on the problems, you will lose sight of the promises. Fix your eyes on Jesus and His Word and He will bring peace and calm to the struggles you are facing. I guarantee it. Because He says so.
Trusting God While Praying Through the Storm
Praying is important when going through a storm. As believers we are constantly on a battlefield. Paul knew what it was all about when he said, “having done all to stand, stand, therefore.
There are always challenges we are trying to overcome, battles to win. If we are not prayerful, we can easily run into the storms of life, and not see the break of day.
God never promised us that this Christian life would be easy, but He does promise that through it all, we are more than conqueror.
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[a]
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:31-39 (NIV)
What storms are you dealing with today? There are so many storms. Fear, disappointment, loneliness, rejection, or financial loss? Whatever storm there is in your life, speak to it, in the Name of Jesus. Jesus spoke to the winds and quiet the storms, and the rain.
In some of the most difficult times in life, when going through the storms in my life, I’ve learned the power of praying God’s words back to him. When you are going through a storm, you pay without ceasing.
Time and again in the Bible God supernaturally intervened into the natural world. Jesus himself calmed two raging storms. These miracles were for the purpose of revealing Himself to mankind and displaying His power as evidence of His authority and control.
I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. — Romans 8:38-39
The ultimate goal was that people might witness God’s glory and turn to Him in a loving and trusting personal relationship. Do you believe that God has the power to calm this storm? He absolutely does!
Remember how Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane just before his crucifixion? “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” (Matthew 26:39)
In His sovereignty, God would use the storm raging within Jesus in these last hours of His life for a redeeming purpose. Jesus’ prayer changed from “rescue me” to “strengthen me”.
As bad as it is, the storm and the physical needs surrounding it are secondary to what God seeks to do in the hearts of people. God is able to use terrible situations for redeeming purposes (Romans 8:28), i.e., to work very good things from very bad things.
Storms like this can unleash kindness and selflessness, acts of heroism and hospitality, and we can see the potential for God’s goodness within human beings and love for others.
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.
Bible Verses About Trusting God in The Storm
Here are some of my favorite Bible verses about faith in hard times, to help you get through the storm. Try using these in your prayers, place your name in each one and let them, minister to your soul as you remember that He is God in the storm.
- “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.” Isaiah 43:2 NLT
- “Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act.” Psalm 37:5 ESV
- “I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord.” Isaiah 66:9 NCV
- “He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” Psalm 91:4 NIV
- “My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation.” Psalm 62:1-2
- “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
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7. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. .Isaiah 43:2
8. Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
9. Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
10. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
11. On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. … Mark 4:35-41
12. Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
13. I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. John 16:33
14. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Psalm 107:29
15. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4
16. It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8
17. And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
18. For you have been a stronghold to the poor, a stronghold to the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat; for the breath of the ruthless is like a storm against a wall. Isaiah 25:4
19. And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. Mark 4:39
20. And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. Matthew 8:26
Trusting God in the Storm Quotes
Since God is powerful and loving, trust him. Rely on him for your purpose in life | Les Bridgeman
God’s grace is sufficient for those that believe and trust in Him until the end | E’yen A Gardner
You need to learn how to RELAX and trust what God has for you | Stephanie Carroll
You can trust God and have faith in Him to always be faithful to you | Adam Copenhaver
Sometimes when we just stand still, the grace finds us | Mary Davis
Surrender, and all will be well. Throw all responsibility onto God. Do not bear the burden yourself | Ramana Maharshi
God multiply your blessings. You just need to trust in Him | Gift Gugu Mona
Thank God for allowing you to see another day. No matter what, keep trusting, keep believing, be strong, have hope. The best is yet to come | Germany Kent
Dedication is writing your name on the bottom of a blank sheet of paper and handing it to the Lord for Him to fill in | Rick Renner
You say to God, “I have never seen you provide for me.” God says to you, “You have never trusted Me.” | Coralie Buchanan
f only we learn to believe in God, trust in Him completely – cooperate with His will – we will be supremely happy | Dada J.P. Vaswani
Prayer About Trusting God in the Storm
Father, In the Name of Jesus, I know that in this life there will be storms. Storms that cause our world to rock and shake, Storms that make us feel like we are sinking, but like Peter, you will catch us. We pray we will hold onto your promises when our surrounding circumstances look defeating.
We pray our faith will not waver and we will be anchored in the storms. Thank you, Lord, for praying for us and being our God who loves us. We praise you in our storms
O Lord, you are my Sustainer, my Helper in the storm, I love you my strength, my rock of safety, and my refuge in life’s storms. You promise to keep in perfect peace those whose minds are stayed on you.
You reminded me in Isaiah 43:2, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. I know that I am safe in your arms.
Lord, bring peace and calm to the storms. Remind us that You are with us and that You control the waters. In Jesus Name. Amen.
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