Through the Storm
Ever seen a storm chaser? These nuts find storms and follow them in hopes of finding big tornadoes. Most people want to stay away from the danger and hope it never finds them. However, these chasers want to see the power, measure the magnitude, and awe at the way it alters the sky. Most of the time they can even predict the path and speed of travel or tornadoes... and sometimes, they’re wrong. Regardless of where you live, eventually a storm will find you, and like all adversity you better be prepared.
Christian or not, we all go through tough times. For people who are alone, this can can be especially challenging, not to mention taxing. What an incredible blessing it is to discover that there are actually people that care and are willing to be a shoulder to ones who are struggling to walk.
I am reminded of King David in the book of Psalms as he lamented before the LORD. One day he seemed fine, but then the next he was back where he was. It's interesting how Psalms starts out. In Psalm 1:1, David starts out as a teacher giving wise counsel and warning against the council of the ungodly. From there, it leads to David painting a picture for his readers the awesome power of GOD and how no enemy compares to His unmatchable strength.
As life would have it, chapter 4 takes an interesting turn. It’s easy to rejoice when all is in your favor, but how quickly do we cry when it's revealed how weak we truly are in our own strength. We see David is thrust into the very situations in which he was boasting about in chapter 3 on the unmatched strength of his God. Psalm 4:1, “Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.” David was often reminded on how helpless he was without his Deliverer and how desperate he was without Him.
It is most important to remember the One who has the strength and power to defeat any opposition that may hacking through your door. All may seem bleak with no light at the end of the tunnel, just as David describes in 6:2-4, 6-7a:
“Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint; heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony. My soul is in deep anguish. How long, Lord, how long? Turn, Lord, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love. I am worn out from my groaning. All night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears. My eyes grow weak with sorrow."
Even David felt as if GOD had forgotten him. Psalm 13:1, “How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? for ever? How long wilt thou hide thy face from me?” David even felt he might die from his sorrow. Chapter 13:3, “Consider and hear me, O Lord my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death.”
As dark as tunnels can get and as long as they seem to be with no end in sight, if you keep walking you WILL see a light and it’s that very light that will guide you through to the other side. However, the key is to keep walking. Look at David in the same chapter and verse 8,”Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping.” David in his anguish speaks out in faith of his deliverance. Expect the LORD to do His work and deliver you no matter what you are feeling now. He loves you even though you are alone, you are not truly alone. He is with you and takes care of His own.
Just because GOD isn’t talking doesn’t mean He isn’t listening.
One key to deliverance is remembrance. Remember how the LORD delivered you so many times in the past from situations that looked inescapable. Oh, how quickly we forget. David remembered times past and found that it was encouraging. As David pursues his redeemer he is reminded of the LORD’s previous victories and proclaims in chapter 14:5-7 “There they are in great dread, For God is with the righteous generation. You would put to shame the counsel of the afflicted, But the Lord is his refuge. Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When the Lord is his refuge restores His captive people, Jacob will rejoice, Israel will be glad.”
We see that GOD honors David's persistence and and swoops in like only He can and delivers David from his depression and enemies. Psalms 18:1-49. ← Read it! It’s awesome!
As we all know, there has never been a record of a storm that has never left. They all, after their destruction whether great or small, dissipate and fade into history. There is hope. There is victory. There is deliverance. Why? Because, there is a GOD that loves. There is One who fights our battles. There is a Deliverer. There is light at the end of the tunnel. So, just keep walking!