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Rev. John McPeek

Weather life's storms with Christ

I am sure we have all asked the question, "Lord, why me?"

We just don't understand why things seem so stormy instead of calm and tranquil.

I think the Lord can use the storms in our lives for various reasons. It would be good to remember that, if we are a child of the king, nothing can touch us that he doesn't already know and has approved.

You have heard the story of Job. Nothing could touch his life until God allowed it and even then Satan was limited. Satan was sure he could make Job deny God but the Lord already knew what Job was made of. Job lost everything. Because of his loyalty, God gave him back double everything he had lost.

Reason for the storm

The Lord has a reason for our lives to be touched by the storm. He wants to increase our faith in him. He wants to make our commitment to him stronger. He wants us to grow up a mature Christian knowing that we can depend on him and be able to help others who are struggling with the storms of life.

In Matthew 14, the disciples were on the boat and a storm came. They looked out and saw Jesus walking on the water. The storm was under his feet. Peter, wanting proof, asked to walk on the water, too. As soon as he took his eyes off Jesus and onto the waves, he began to sink. What a mistake to take your eyes off of the Lord during a storm.

Remember Christ's words

In Mark 4, Jesus said to the disciples, "Let us go to the other side." They boarded the ship and headed that way. Jesus decided it was a good time for a nap. A storm hit. The disciples had forgotten the words of Jesus and accused him of not even caring if they perished. If they had only remembered the words of Jesus, there would have been no need for panic.

How often do we do the same thing? We need to remember that nothing can touch a child of God that he doesn't already know. He knows the end from the beginning. The Lord will not let the storm be so heavy we can't stand as we lean fully on him. While we are weathering the storm, Jesus is at the right hand of the father pleading our case and making intercession for us and asking his father to give us the strength we need to carry us through and make us stronger, more mature, more faithful and more thankful.

No matter what the outcome, we will be all right because we are a child of the king.

Why me? Because it is the will of God concerning me and he is working everything for my good, to give me good and not evil and to cause me to prosper spiritually, physically and financially.

Build yourself up in the most holy faith so that when the storm comes you will be ready to stand with Jesus with the storm under your feet and not over your head.

The Rev. John McPeek, pastor of Pattillo Street Church of God in Hartselle, is one of several local ministers writing religion columns for THE DAILY. For more information, call Melanie Smith on Tuesdays or Wednesdays at 340-2468.

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