Plans change, life happens, circumstances aren’t always in our control, but if we live in a world where we only care about our own agenda, we are going to miss out on what the Lord has planned for us. Plain and simple, His plans are always better than our own. He is not concerned with what is happening as much as He is concerned about our hearts. Are we are stuck in a state of fear, or are we able to walk out in faith regardless of the circumstance? Are we wiling to look beyond what our eyes can see and what our ears have heard in order to fix our gaze on Him? When we trust and love Him with our whole heart the storms of this life can be looked at as opportunities. An opportunity to trust more, go deeper, love harder ect. But in most cases we don’t look at storms in that way.
In the book of James it talks about the testing of our faith. James 1:3-4 “for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” The testing of our faith doesn’t come when life is easy and things go our way, the testing of our faith is when the storm hits hard, the winds rage and you have the choice to watch the storm or fix your gaze on the One who knows. It’s always going to be the wind vs His word.
I was listening to a sermon by Pastor Steven Furtick and was reminded that we can always find evidence to support our fear. If we sit and watch the “wind” or better known as our circumstances, our faith will always slip and fear will always take over if we give it that power. The true testing of our faith is when the circumstance looks grim, the odds looked stacked against us, and we still look to Him.
I was brought to the chapter in Matthew 14 where Jesus is walking on water and invites Peter out of the boat to come to him. Peter walks out in faith but as soon as he fixes his eyes on the wind instead of Jesus he becomes afraid and loses his faith and begins to sink. In Matthew 14:31 it says that “ Immediately Jesus reached his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” Why do we doubt when we know in our hearts that He is greater than anything this life can throw at us? Because we are human and thankfully that’s where his never ending grace comes into play. He knows that we are going to go through struggles and fear, he knows that doubt will come into play, but He also knows how the story ends.
The wind was against them to prove and support the evidence that God is greater.
The winds may be against you, but that doesn’t change who the Lord is.
Instead of turning the news on and becoming paralyzed by our fear, let’s open the word and use this opportunity to go deeper with the One who is in the midst of every storm.