Last night thunderstorms came through Austin overnight, and like many Texas storms they were kind of severe. The rain fell hard, the thunder & lightening was constant with some wind. As the storm passed the power even went out for a short time and had me looking for my flashlight to get around.
The physical storms in life can cause much damage, destruction and even cause death. Such are the storms of our life that affect the spiritual, the emotional, our mind, and soul. The difficulties of life can also have us lost in the dark or worse slowly kill us. Jesus always used physical events to help the listener see the contrast between the physical or natural and the spiritual or supernatural.
24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
– Matthew 7:24-27
Everything, and anyone that you place your complete faith and trust in except Jesus Christ the Rock will fail you. Your body gets old and things may get hard, cancer and disease might make life hard or painful, the car will wear and may breakdown, the company you have been at for 20 years may lay you off. Your child may take a dark path, or your spouse may leave you after years of marriage.
We have a tendency to stay focused on the physical to the point we never see the spiritual side of it all. Sometimes I think we hinder God from acting (not that we have the power to do this) supernaturally in our lives. When Jesus spoke with Nicodemus or the Samaritan woman at the well He had to get them past the physical need to see the spiritual need. To see He was the answer to everything.
Jesus wanted us to be prepared because He knows that the storms will come, not if they will come. We are to pray always, and not just during the storm, but always. Why? So that when they do come we can weather them no matter how severe. Our prayer should not ultimately be for the storm or difficulty to be removed from our life, but for us to be able to see Jesus, and therefore have the power to stay focused and strong until when and if that storm passes.
We are called to be like Jesus and in this aspect Jesus did not let storms affect Him.
23 And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25 And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” 26 And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.
– Matthew 8:23-26