Today’s Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:1-12
The wave of trouble is nothing new to God’s people. The Bible is filled with stories of those in trouble. The Hebrew children had their fiery furnace. Daniel had his den of lions. Joseph was cast into prison.
Paul was shipwrecked and beaten with stripes. Peter was sent to prison. John was exiled to Patmos. James had his head cut off. David fled from Saul. Samson had his eyes put out.
Psalms 34:19 Many [are] the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.
Storms of life reveal the following things about us:
- The nature of my faith.
- The strength of my commitment.
- The level of my maturity.
- The healthiness of my attitude.
- The measure of my teachability.
Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 4:15 “For all things [are] for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.” Redound = From G4053; to superabound (in quantity or quality), be in excess, be superfluous; also (transitively) to cause to superabound or excel:
Did you know that an eagle knows when a storm is approaching long before it breaks? The eagle will fly to some high spot and wait for the winds to come. When the storm hits, it sets its wings so that the wind will pick it up and lift it above the storm. While the storm rages below, the eagle is soaring above it.
The eagle does not escape the storm. It simply uses the storm to lift it higher. It rises on the winds that bring the storm. When the storms of life come upon us we can rise above them by setting our minds toward God. The storms do not have to overcome us.
When we worship God we rise above our storms and soar above them.