Storm Alerts

Do you get weather alerts on your cell phone? I used to but I took it off. I found I was getting them all the time and they were more annoying than alarming. When storm season comes back I may reverse my decision and allow this option. But it did make me think about the idea of the Lord giving us some kind of “storm alert” when we are going through a stormy season in our personal lives. If the Lord would allow it, then I might like to have it before troubles come my way. How about you? Would you want the Lord to alert you before you were going through a rough patch in your personal life? I think I would like that but, then again, it might just make me nervous and I would turn off that option too!
If the truth be known, we are not always able to prepare for coming storms, but we are forced to respond to them. So we need to be aware of how we might do so. Let me give you some suggestions…
First, don’t be surprised if troubles find you. The worst of troubles can find the best of people. As you examine scripture, you see that some of the most important people of the Bible faced the greatest disappointments in their personal life. Remember the stories of Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Elijah, Naomi, Vashti, John the Baptist and the Apostle Paul. If it could happen to them, it could happen to you!
Secondly, never make an important decision when you are going through a dark night in your life. Making hasty decisions when you are down can cause painful consequences later on and deep regrets even further down the road.
Thirdly, open your heart to God and tell Him how you feel. When David was hiding in a cave for fear of his life, he prayed, “I cry aloud to the LORD…I pour out my complaint before Him; before Him I tell my trouble” (Psalm 142:1-2). (Note, David went through a dark period for about 10 years in which he spoke similar prayers for delivery).
 
Fourthly, learn to wait on the Lord. He has His plans and His times. God declared in His word, “For I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). God promises renewed strength to those who place their focused trust in Him. “They that wait on the LORD shall renew their strength… (Isaiah 40:31).
 
Finally, rest on God’s promises. Climb into God’s word and discover the great promises of scripture. On your darkest night, the promises of God shine like the brightest stars. For example, try this one: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).
 
So even if you don’t know what’s coming, stay alert to how you are responding, and keep on trusting!
Devotedly yours,
Pastor Ron
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