Storms of the life

Frequently we have the bad habit of “exalt” our hardships; we can easily confess that our problems are bigger than our strength and beyond any solution.

I grew up listening from my parents a certain phrase that is totally true and it says: do not make a storm in a glass of water.

This means that very often our problems are not bigger than a mere glass of water and we end up creating a storm with so little water in it.

Some people may read these words and may think: you speak like this because you don’t know what I’m enduring in my life right now.

Yes, I really don’t know, but one thing I know: you are probably exalting your problem as the hardest to solve, the most difficult, the mostly painful or the most everything that you can put it up there.

The Bible gives us many examples of people who really endured tough problems and how they overcame their hardships and I will show just a few of them:

Queen Esther: She had a severe problem; she was a Jew and in that time the King was compelled by his wicked servant Haman, to ordain that all Jews should be killed.And the letters were sent by couriers into all the king’s provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to annihilate all the Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day, on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar, and to plunder their possessions. Esther 3:13 NIV

The Jews were in great pain and agony, however, the Queen Esther preferred to trust in God and she decided to fast before taking any measure in order to help her people. Esther 4:16 "Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!"

After fasting, Esther waited for the right time to talk with the king and denounce all the evil that the King’s servant was plotting against her and her people. God has power to change any situation and to transform any heart. Her act of faith towards a bad situation granted a victory for the Jews.

Esther 7:8 Then King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther and Mordecai the Jew, "Indeed, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and they have hanged him on the gallows because he tried to lay his hand on the Jews.

Our Lord Jesus calms down a storm: Mathew 8:24-27 And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep.

Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, "Lord, save us! We are perishing!"
But He said to them, "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?" Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.
So the men marveled, saying, "Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?"

A great tempest in the sea is indeed a tough problem, the disciples were all afraid of death. Our Lord Jesus was sleeping.

  How could someone sleep when a boat is about to shipwreck?  The response of Jesus was to teach the disciples and to teach us as well, how to deal with the storms of problems that may come to us. He didn’t bother that the boat was about to sink. He didn’t bother with the problem!

O you of little faith! That was Jesus words for all of us. In the midst of our problems, we should not lose heart. It is a common thing to stop praying and fast when things go badly rough. However, that is the only way to overcome our hardships.

I can give many other examples of people in the Bible who had a hard time and overcame it; we can speak about King David when he overcame the giant, we can speak about Joseph who was sold as slavery from his own brothers, we can also say about Jacob who fled from his brother and he had nothing to eat and the only thing he had was stone as his pillow and how about Lot, who just lost EVERYTHING!

But all of them had just one thing in common: FAITH.

We should not lose heart, when things are just too bad we should grab Jesus’ hands instead exalting how big and tough our problems are.

God Bless you all