How to Spiritually Prepare for the Storms of Life
I’m sitting here at my desk this afternoon, checking the weather updates for an approaching windstorm that’s predicted to send cows flying and houses landing on witches.
Life is sometimes like that. You know the storm is coming. Things aren’t going to be calm like this forever. Someday you’ll be faced with your worst.day.ever.
And when that happens, how will you respond? Can you prepare ahead of time without being paranoid about it?
I believe you can.
First, having a theology of suffering before you experience the reality of suffering saves you from years of going around a cul de sac of wondering (a.) where God is, or (b.) how He let this happen.
Unfortunately, when storms come, we tend to be shocked and wonder if God knows, cares, or can do anything about it. I was there once. In 1999, 2007, and in 2011… Anyway–let me save you some of the time I wasted and share
5 things you can do right now to weather the storm
1. Believe in God’s sovereignty.
Many Christians give lip service to their belief in the sovereignty of God—until all hell breaks loose. But God is sovereign over all creation, job loss, healthcare reform, country, calamity, illness, and death.
Does He cause evil? No.
2. Believe that God is in control.
God is in control of when your storm blew in, how long it’s going to stay, and when it’s going away.
3. Trust that He is all you need.
4. Position yourself in community.
If you’re not in a loving, biblical church community, get thee hence to one now. Why make the storm worse than it needs to be? God’s love, care and help are seen, felt and experienced within a close community of believers.
5. Stand firm until the storm has passed.
For more on the subject of the storms of life, check this great link from Paul Tripp.
And, if you’d like, leave a comment with what your top storm preparation is.
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