Facing the Storm
Duane Vander Klok
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him.” Psalm 28:7
I want to ask you a very vulnerable question: have you ever been angry at God? Have you ever faced a storm that you couldn’t understand? Maybe it was a bad doctor’s report, maybe it was the death of a loved one, or even the loss of a job? Have you ever faced the senselessness of sin, death, and brokenness, and simply had enough. In the heat of the moment, you felt bitterness and anger rise up in your heart, and you became angry at God?
You see, in those moments you are not standing in a spiritually stagnant space. You may not be able to see it, but there is a spiritual battle and storm raging around you. The Enemy is speaking and screaming through crashing waves and is trying his hardest to make you believe something false about God. The Enemy tries to strike at the heart of who God is: that He doesn’t love you, that if He was truly all-powerful then this situation wouldn’t have happened, and that He is far away and has no idea what you’re going through.
Can I tell you something though: those are lies straight from the pit of Hell. You see, the truth is that no matter what storm you are facing God knows, God is near, God loves you, God hasn’t forgotten about you, and that God will work all things for our good. We live in a broken world where a New Heaven and New Earth have not yet come together. The Gospel is that Jesus died for our sins, rose from the grave, and now sits on the throne. Death, sin, and the Enemy will not have the final word.
This week, no matter the storm, big or small, may we continue to seek His Truth.