Summary: This is part 4 of a 5 part series on surviving the storms of life. Category 5 storms are the most severe storms in life. These storms carry with them the potential to end marriages, damage health and test faith. Find out how to survive.
Surviving the Storms of Life
We’ve been talking over the last several weeks about surviving and even thriving amidst the storms of life. As we move through storms of increasing intensity we have dealt with basic survival skills, spring showers, and even thunder storms. Today we continue to escalate in intensity. We are going to talk about the Category 5 hurricanes that blow through our lives. To survive these you need to use everything at your disposal. First lets identify what these storms look like.
These storms are usually even more intense than thunderstorms and tend to be of longer duration.
There is a real danger in these storms. These are not the blown out of proportion problems of life but are the storms that really have a risk involved. These are the storms that endanger marriages, threaten health, and test our faith.
While thunderstorms are full of sound and fury but usually little consequence - these storms have the ability to reek havoc in our lives. Even the sturdiest houses are threatened in these storms.
Let’s look at a Category 5 in the lives of Jesus Disciples.
Two weeks ago we found the disciples in the middle of this same Sea of Galilee pulling against the oars because of a contrary wind. Even though the waves were high and the wind blowing there was no fear in them that day. These were experienced fishermen, they had survived many such storms. The see of Galilee actually often finds fast moving storms. It sits 600 feet below sea level and is surrounded by hills and mountains. Often storms very suddenly and very violently blow down onto the Sea of Galilee without warning. Today’s storm is different from the one recorded in Matthew 14. These experienced watermen are scared - The water is breaking over the bow so that the boat is filling up with water - they’re sinking and they know it. They also know that they are too far from shore to survive this storm. They know that this is it.
When you face these types of storms everything we have talked about before is important.
We need to
Remember that God is in the Storm- you are not alone
Don’t blow storms out of proportion. These are not weekly storms.
Cast out the anchors to hold us. God’s unchanging nature and purpose.
Resist the temptation to give into fear. Fear makes terrible decisions.
We need to find our refuge strong and mighty. Only God is sufficient.
Find our strength in the river of God. Strength that comes from God inside.
Listen to the direction and wisdom of God. Be Still and know that I am God.
Here are a couple of added things that we learn from this experience.
1) Don’t jump to conclusions about God. (v38) I think it’s interesting that these men who are walking with Jesus everyday, who have seen his power and heard his teaching fall apart in the storm. I don’t blame them for being scared, neither does Jesus. But look at what they say when they finally wake Jesus up. What’s the matter with you - don’t you care that we are about to die?¨ Don’t you care about us at all? What’s wrong with you? Isn’t it interesting that when the storms get strongest we begin to question God? It’s a human nature thing. We begin to wonder if God really cares - if He really knows what’s going on. If He is really in touch with reality. Here are some things that I can assure you of from scripture today. When you face the greatest storms of life: