Summary: "....Contrary to popular opinion, being in a rough situation (or a storm) does not automatically mean that you are a sinner......."
The real eye in the storm
Matthew 14: 22-32
22 Immediately after this, Jesus made his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake while he sent the people home. 23 Afterward he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone. 24 Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. 25 About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came to them, walking on the water. 26 When the disciples saw him, they screamed in terror, thinking he was a ghost. 27 But Jesus spoke to them at once. "It’s all right," he said. "I am here! Don’t be afraid." 28 Then Peter called to him, "Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you by walking on water." 29 "All right, come," Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. 30 But when he looked around at the high waves, he was terrified and began to sink. "Save me, Lord!" he shouted. 31 Instantly Jesus reached out his hand and grabbed him. "You don’t have much faith," Jesus said. "Why did you doubt me?" 32 And when they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. 33 Then the disciples worshiped him. "You really are the Son of God!" they exclaimed.
INTRO: WHY?! That is the question that a lot of people ask as soon as they end up in what they would call a “tough situation.” It’s a normal question to ask, and it isn’t wrong to ask it. Just be prepared for the answer. There are many misconceptions about why people go through hard times in their life. The main one I have encountered is the one that goes like this, “I just got saved and the problems are still in my life, as a matter of fact, I have picked up some new ones, what happened to this peace and happiness I was going to inherit?” The peace and happiness is a entirely different story that I will have to get into later, but as for right now lets get to the why. Here goes! Contrary to popular opinion, being in a rough situation (or a storm) does not automatically mean that you are a sinner. Just because a person is going through the ringer and it seems like the rain they were in has upgraded it self to a tropical storm does not default to being a backslider. The truth is that as Christians [I believe] that we are more susceptible to go through things that non-believers expect us NOT to go through. Do you want to know why? I’m glad you asked…
I. Storms in life are inevitable.
a. No one is immune to hard times in life.(Matthew 5:45)
b. Storms do not tell your status.
1. Do not dictate whether or not you are in the will of God.
2. It’s not being in the storm that defines your Christianity, it’s how you act while you’re in it.
c. Storms are brought on by many different influences.
1. By the devil: Job 1:6-12
2. By ourselves: really don’t need a scripture, look at your everyday life.
3. By God.
a. Storms of correction: Jonah 1:4-17
b. Preparation: Malachi 3:3 He will sit and judge like a refiner of silver, watching closely