Surviving the Storm with Jesus
Day 1: Jesus has a plan for your life despite the severity of the storm.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
There are many times you find yourself in the middle of the storms of life and wonder, “How did I get here? This wasn’t the plan.” In your most difficult moments, you can trust that when the Lord declared that He would prosper you and not harm you, that He would give you a hope and a future—you can believe that what He said was true. What God promised will come to pass and His plan for you is greater than the storm.
Prayer: Lord, I thank You, that despite the storms of life, You are always with me. I thank You that your plans for my life are not of destruction, but plans to prosper me. I thank You for good health and a hopeful future. Even though I cannot always see my next step, You already know it and will lead me to it. In Your precious name, amen.
Day 2: Survive the storms of life by taking a risk.
Jesus said, “Daughter, you took a risk trusting me, and now you’re healed and whole. Live well, live blessed!” Luke 8:48
Desperation. That is what the woman from this story in Luke chapter 8 was experiencing. She had heard about this man, Jesus, who was going town to town healing people. After years of putting her trust in expensive doctors, she decided to take a risk; she decided to seek out Jesus. Her risk led to her healing. Her decades-old storm ended the instant she touched Him.
Action: If you are in a storm, you might need to take a risk to move away from that storm. It may be an expected afternoon thunderstorm, or it may be a full-fledged hurricane. Whatever it might be, Jesus is worth the risk. He is worth your trust. Read Luke 8:40-48 and take the risk to touch the hem of His garment.
Day 3: Surviving the storm with Jesus when it is hard to believe you can.
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:27-29
“I will believe it when I see it.” How often have we said or thought that in a trying time? Jesus said we are blessed if we can believe without seeing. That is called faith. Faith is when we can operate confident that the thing we hope for is already a done deal. That does not mean it will be easy, but that does mean it is true. Thomas may not have wanted to believe Jesus had risen from the grave, but it was already finished. Jesus, operating in divine compassion, didn’t rebuke Thomas. No. He pulled Thomas in close to His side to remind Him that He is who He said He was.
Prayer: Jesus, oh Jesus! Thank You for pulling me in close to Your side. Thank You for giving me the ability to believe in You and in all that You are doing—even when I cannot see it for myself. Thank You for blessing me when I choose to believe that You are who You say You are, and that You will complete the good work You have started in Me! In your faithful name I pray, amen.
Day 4: Use the tools of survival to battle any storm.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
When the 5 o’clock news reports that a hurricane is threatening, several days are spent preparing homes and shelters to protect people and their possessions. Just as many tools are used to prepare our homes for a big storm, God gives us tools to prepare us to face those things in life that bring uncertainty. We are not left to fend for ourselves unprotected and in harm's way. He gives us power, love, and the ability to think clearly. We just have to make the decision to use them.
Action: When you are faced with uncertainty and fear tries to settle in, remember that you have been given a spirit of power and of love and of a sound mind. If you have never memorized 2 Timothy 1:7, memorize it and add it to your toolbelt of faith today. Then, everytime you feel the defeat of a storm looming, speak those words out loud.
Day 5: You will survive the storm by standing on Jesus, the firm foundation.
Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. Matthew 7:24-25
On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand… The truth in that old hymn is profound. When the rain and flood waters of life surround us, it is imperative that we have a tried and true foundation. Jesus is the only surety in this life. He is the only guarantee that we will see the other side of the storm with any hope for survival. Putting our confidence in anything else is like building a house on a mound of sand. Build with confidence on Jesus, the Chief Cornerstone.
Prayer: Jesus, thank You for being a sure and solid foundation. I am thankful that I can trust You to be my confidence, and that when the storms around me are howling, I have safety in the shelter of You, the most High God. In Your name, amen.
Day 6: Weather the storms with Jesus and find restoration.
And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1 Peter 5:10
Even though suffering is part of living in this fallen world, Jesus has promised that the Holy Spirit will be our ever-present help in our time of need. This should lead us into hope! Life is not always easy, but we can have faith to believe that Jesus is here with us through it all. Although the storms of life can leave us feeling depleted, He is always there to restore us. In our restoration we bring Him glory.
Prayer: Lord, I know that You’ve promised to never leave or forsake me. Make me more aware of Your abiding presence in my life. Help me to quickly turn to You when I encounter suffering because You are where my help comes from. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Day 7: Jesus is with us in every storm.
He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” Matthew 8:26-27
Even the wind and waves obey Jesus. The bolstering of our faith during storms is not found in our own courage but in the promise that Jesus is with us in the boat. We don’t have to be afraid, even though the storms may rage.
Action: Listen to the song, It Is Well, and be reminded that Jesus has promised to be with us through every storm.
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