Are you in the middle of a trial? Does it ever feel like this one thing is just too much for God? Or maybe God is busy elsewhere and He just can’t get to your problem? Trusting an unseen God in the face of the very visible storms of life is something we all struggle with. Today we will see that there is no problem too big for God and no care too small for Him to care for. You can be still and trust God in the storm of life.What does it mean to trust God? Looking at the life of Jesus helps us see how to trust God in the storm. Click To Tweet
Why Trust God in the Storm of Life?
“He hushed the storm to a gentle whisper, So that the waves of the sea were Still.” (Psalm 107:29 AMP)
Confession time. This verse uses a synonym of the word we are studying (the root word for be still” is raphah) but it is a prophetic passage that we know Jesus understood when He told the waves to be still in Mark 4:39. I couldn’t resist including it in our list because it applies as we learn how to be still the way Jesus understood how to be still.
When you want the answer to, “What does it mean to trust God?” looking at the life of Jesus to see how he could trust God in the storm is the best place to start. Now, on to our passage.
Look for God in the Storm of Life
The context of Psalm 107:29 is that Israel is in another tough situation. Surprised?
Can we just agree that the nation of Israel knows about hard times? That people group has weathered many storms and each and every time God steps in to save them.
It doesn’t matter if they got themselves into the mess, it doesn’t matter if God caused the mess, it doesn’t matter how big or small the storm was… God is bigger than any storm and cares about all of life’s storms, big or small!
What Kind of Troubles Did God Save Israel From?
Banishment. Dispersion. Captivity.
Imprisonment. Sickness. Distress at sea.
I love that God saved them from literal storms too! What an amazing God He is to save us from the big and small storms of life!
Is There Meaning In Suffering?
We observe from Psalm 107:29 that storms will come! When the storms of life come you must believe that God will come through for you!
God’s ways and timing may look different than you prefer, but God will show up and move in powerful ways!
Why Do Storms of Life Come?
One key point in learning to be still is trusting and believing that God is bigger than your problems.
Another universal truth of believers in God is that we are all fallible humans who go from one problem to the next. Why oh why can’t we stay out of trouble?
God cares about us and what we care about, there is no storm too big and no storm too small for God to come to our rescue!
There are obviously things like Spiritual warfare at play, but most of my troubles in life come as consequences for my own foolish choices! Anyone else?
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What is the Spiritual Meaning of A Storm?
What is the meaning of life’s storms? Knowing that many of them come from my own foolishness makes me wonder what’s the point.
But through every storm of life, I grow. I grow closer to God as well as growing in the knowledge of God.
Maybe the meaning of trials or the purpose of spiritual storms is to help us grow.
Trust God in the Storms of Life
God is bigger than our problems and is only a prayer away!
How do we apply Psalm 107:29 to our everyday lives? It starts by asking some questions.
What is the storm of life in your world today?
Make a list. I’ll wait.
Let’s get gut-level honest for a sec. Do you trust God in your storm?
My storm seems big to me.
I am sick, have been sick for several years and the doctors throw diagnoses around like I am not a real person on the other side of the desk.
A truth that keeps me going is this:
No matter what you face, God is in the storm with you.
This storm in my life is not a surprise to God. Your situation didn’t catch Him off guard either. This trial is not the one that will stump God and break the entirety of creation.
How Do You Trust God in the Storm of Life?
Trust Him enough to pray about the problem more than you stress about the problem.
I am going to repeat that just to be sure you didn’t miss it…
Trust God enough
to pray about the problem
more than you stress about the problem!
I am guilty of complaining about my trials way more than I pray about them. Being still is about letting go of the need to complain, calming the anxiety, and saying, “Lord I need you”.
Then rest in the fact that scripture promises God will carry you through every storm!
How Do I Get Through the Storms of Life?
Scripture. I am being so literal right now. Prayer and scripture are how I get through life’s storms. When something hits me hard I open the Bible to see what God says about it.
Sometimes I can’t even think specifically and I’ll search for some general things. Try these searches and see if the verses don’t bless you.
- Trusting God through the storm Scriptures
- God will bring you through it Bible verse
- God will get you through quotes
Anxiety is a storm I face (especially in my marriage). I read Scripture for anxiety to remind myself about what God says about fear. I’d love to share those with you here.
See God’s Love Through The Storms of Life
Finally, in Psalm 107:29 I see a beautiful love story.
I mean really look through it. These people have seen God show up and show off more than anyone alive today. God is crazy about the children of Israel as evidenced by His repeated rescue missions. But they forgot God was with them, and He had to come to rescue them again so often.
God is crazy about you too. Do you believe that?
Do these examples seem extreme, too old, too good, or just for others but not you?
But God died for you.
God chose you and has a plan for your life.
Yes, this storm is real.
But God is right here with you through it, holding you through it, protecting you along the way. Trust Him.
Be still with Him through the storm. On the other side, you will see what He grew and changed and sanctified and He will be glorified because you were still.
A Prayer to Be Still and Trust God in the Storm of Life
Thank you for always being there to rescue me from trouble. Whew, I’ve been in lots of trouble. I can look back over my life and see You holding me, shielding me, hiding me, providing for me, and never leaving… even when I’ve left You.
Forgive me for taking You for granted, for settling into a routine, and neglecting our relationship. You are always there for me but I am not as faithful to You.
Teach me to be still and trust You in the storm of life. Help me open my heart to let You more fully lead me and guide me.
Change my heart to desire the things You desire even in the storms of life when I feel like I could drown from fear and fatigue. Help me learn to rely on You, bring my problem to You first instead of complaining about it to others.
Today I surrender my fear about my children, my anxiety over my health, my stress about things in our marriage, concerns about our finances, and the tendency to compare my ministry to others. Take all of the trials and fight for me. I will be still, waiting for You to direct my steps today.
Will You Trust God in the Storm of Life and Be Still?
There will be challenges in life. You will face hard times. When you face a storm can you find a way to fix your eyes on God?
Scripture can help you keep your focus on HIM through the toughest situation. I would encourage you to make a plan.
Take your list from earlier. You know what the hard things are that come over and over. Take time now, before the storm to find verses about those issues.
Write the verse out and hang them on the wall to remind yourself what it means that God will see you through.
Pray through the verses. Prepare for the storm ahead!
This is the way to trust God in the storm of life – to be still and know that He is God!
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