Storms in Life
I can't go any farther. I don't know how much more of this I can take. It's one bad thing after another. When will it ever end? I'm a Christian, why is God allowing this? My life seems to be full of trials and storms. Get the picture? Keep reading!
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. (James 1:4) James is telling us not to try to get out a trial hurriedly or prematurely but to let it do its work in you so you will become a mature well developed Christian.
If you are like me, when a storm or trial comes in my life, I want try to get out of it as quickly as possible. But through the years I've come to realize that many of these trials are for my own Spiritual maturity and for my good and Gods glory!
What I've learned and what the Bible teaches is to be patient with God and with yourself. One of life’s frustrations is that God’s timetable is rarely the same as ours. We are often in a hurry when God isn’t. You may feel frustrated with what seems to be a slow progress you’re making in life.
We had a lady in our church who use to bring the house down when she sang, "He's an on time God". Remember that God is never in a hurry, but he is always on time. He will use your entire lifetime to prepare you for your role in eternity.
The Bible is filled with examples of how God uses a long process to develop character, especially in leaders. He took 80 years to prepare Moses, including 40 in the wilderness. For 14,600 days Moses kept waiting and wondering, “Is it time yet?” But God kept saying, “Not yet.”
I've heard the sermons and read the books on the so called secrets to sainthood but there are no easy steps to Spiritual maturity. I'm sure you have heard this illustration before but let me remind you, when God wants to make a giant oak, he takes a hundred years, but when he wants to make a mushroom, he does it overnight.
All the great people of the past and present have grown through struggles and storms and seasons of suffering. Be patient with the process. Remember what James advised, persevere in trials and don’t try to get out of them prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature, well-developed child of God.
Whatever you do don’t get discouraged. When Habakkuk became depressed because he didn’t think God was acting quickly enough, God told him the things He had planned wouldn't happen right away. In one translation God says, "Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day!”
Remember how far you’ve come, not just how far you have to go. You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be. Above all, remember this, God isn’t finished with you, so keep on moving forward. The old preachers use to say, even the snail reached the ark by persevering! Be patient and persevere knowing that you are preserved!