A storm is defined as a violent disturbance of the atmosphere with strong winds and usually rain, thunder, lightning or snow. It is the case that oftentimes, storms are very destructive. They have been known to destroy lives and property and obstruct regular vehicular movement and normal day to day activities until their devastating effects have been cleared.

As destructive as storms could be, surprisingly, they have some benefits too. Storms have been known to remove large amounts of pollution; washing them out of the air. They also serve as  coolant on the earth while the lightning that accompanies them balances the earth’s electricity and helps fertilize the soil. This is the reason that farmers always look forward to the rains, apparently. The heavier the rain the better. Because storms make trees take deeper roots.

In this life we will all face storms. We might have been through them or some of us are currently in the midst of one. But they will surely come. “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. ” Isaiah 43:2 NIV When we are in the midst of a storm what do we do? Is that the time that we begin to fret and panic? Is that the time that we begin to fight against the storm? I sure hope not. God has assured us that He will be with us. And He will not allow us be consumed by the storm nor allow the storm to sweep us away or drown us. Fighting against a storm will only make the effects of its devastation worse. Besides fighting against a storm could work against the ultimate benefits thereof.  The best thing to do is to wait the storm out holding unto God. Without any doubt, storms do not last forever and calm will return after the storm. Yet while the storm is raging and it appears that everything is going to fall apart, remember that we have a place to go. “But you are a tower of refuge to the poor, O LORD, a tower of refuge to the needy in distress. You are a refuge from the storm and a shelter from the heat.” Isaiah 25:4a NLT God will hold our hands throughout the storm. He will keep us safe.

The LORD also specializes in speaking to storms. Whatever the intensity of any storm, the LORD can speak peace to it. “Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm. The disciples were amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked.  “Even the winds and waves obey him!” Matthew 8:26-27 NLT

As believers in Christ, not only can storms bring refreshing and rearranging to our lives they can very much destroy the plans and schemes of our enemies.  “Behold, the storm of the LORD! Wrath has gone forth, a whirling tempest; it will burst upon the head of the wicked.” Jeremiah 23:19 ESV

Every storm we pass through in life should be seen as an instrument that God will use to get us to the next level. Remember that storms clear pollution from the air naturally. God uses storms to get rid of unwanted baggage and debris on our way to victory. One has a clearer view or vision after a storm. The horizon will no longer be foggy.

Whenever we find ourselves in the midst of a storm, we should know that it is time to adjust our focus and bring it back on to Jesus.  The one who focuses on Jesus is the one that will ride on the storm to victory. As soon as Peter took his eyes of Jesus he began to sink.  I pray that the storms of life will not overwhelm us to the point where we will lose our focus and drown.