God is always teaching us His spiritual truths, which may come in a flash of sudden unveiling or may take years for us to learn.
So many of His truths and teachings may delight us, times when our path is filled with the sunshine of joy.
But at other times, we may encounter His truths and teachings on paths shrouded with fog or darkness, for not all spiritual truths gladden the heart of one desiring to be a Christ follower.
God will attempt to teach us in every area of our lives, so when a storm rolls in, we don’t always remember to ask the Lord what He desires for us to learn.
The Lord is always teaching us for our own good. However, we are not always listening or paying attention to what He wants us to learn. And we may not like what He uses, but learn, we must.
We encounter these storms sometimes because we get sidetracked or lose our focus, or we waver in doubt or turn away in unbelief or question His methods or His timing.
Failing to keep a command God whispers to our soul will bring uncomfortable correction, a reprimand or discipline necessary to get us back in line with His Word.
Even in storms, we learn of God’s loving teaching. That is if we do not close off our hearts from His training.
Did you know that not all storms are of the enemy’s making? F. B. Meyer wrote:
“A storm is only as the outskirts of [God’s] robe, the symptom of His advent, the environment of His presence. His way lies through, as well as in the sea, His path amid mighty waters, and His footsteps are veiled from human reason.”
Isn’t that an awesome thought?
A storm is the outer edge of God’s robe of righteousness, His power, the indication of His coming, the atmosphere of His presence.
In Job 26 the heading in some Bibles says Man’s Frailty and God’s Majesty, Job is responding to Bildad, mentioning all that God has made, and says, “Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways…These are just the beginning of all that he does, merely a whisper of his power. Who, then, can comprehend the thunder of his power?” (Job 26:14a ESV, Job 26:14 NLT)
Yes, it refers to physical storms, but is it totally about physical storms? Psalm 97 says, “Clouds and darkness surround Him.” (Ps. 97:2a NKJV) The writer of Psalm 104 says in verse 3 that God is the one “Who makes the clouds His chariot.” (Ps. 104:3 NKJV)
When dark clouds appear, God’s thunderous power announces His presence.
We sometimes forget that, when we call upon the Lord, His presence stirs up the atmosphere, bumping into the enemy’s territory and causes a disruption. But His presence is in the midst of those storm clouds. His peace is in the eye of the storm. *
That means the storm on our path may just be the presence of the Lord, disturbing the atmosphere of our circumstance. He’s coming our way!
Learning in these times the spiritual truths the Lord desires to teach us is essential. They prepare us to live a Christ-centered life, to live upright and faithful, to persevere and be thankful.
Is a storm crossing your path? Learn your lessons quickly so you can move on.