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The Storms Of Life

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The Storms Of Life

Every time a substantial thunderstorm or hurricane approaches a city, the first thing weather forecasters tell us to do is, “Take cover. Seek refuge.” That’s because they know something stronger than us is heading our way.

Sometimes the storm passes through and the warning was unnecessary as the storm breaks up before reaching us. Other times, the storm sirens and media blasts are literal lifesavers—warning everyone in the storm’s path to seek the most secure shelter available to them. Those who follow the warnings are usually the ones spared and live to tell about it. Sadly, those who try to rely on their own strength and their own provisions oftentimes don’t survive because the storm—the difficulty, ends up being just too much for them to endure.

It’s much the same with the storms of life. Every now and then we are faced with storms that seek to attack our homes, our friendships, and our careers. And when we face these storms, we all take refuge in something, whether we’re intentional about it or not. Some of us seek the counsel and comfort of friends or relatives; some of us power through on our own strength; and some of us look for answers in the latest self-help book or some online sources.

And while all of these options are strong possibilities, they all work best only when we bring God into the equation and seek His ways, his comfort, his encouragement, and his promises first. It pays better to put our best foot forward and arm ourselves with faith in God Instead of bringing God in after all else have failed.

The good news is that turning to God, seeking his ways, and craving his comfort is an all-together easy thing to do. It nevertheless requires that we give up the crazy notion that we can handle all by ourselves, everything that comes our way. We must take the simple step of faith to relinquish control of our problems and ask for the Lord’s intervention. That’s it. No long and rambling prayer; no outlandish sacrifice; no sackcloth and ashes; just a heartfelt cry to the Lord and asking for his intervention in whatever trial we may be facing.

It makes no sense to be a wounded hero, risking life and limbs, all on account of our ego when indeed we can humbly cry out to the Lord for help.

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