– Jack Hyles
Nothing without Him
Jesus told the disciples and by extension, I believe He tells us, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). We can’t even bear fruits of the Spirit without God’s help as Jesus again says, “As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me” (John 15:4).
The God of the Storm
God is sovereign over the storm and the God that allows the storm also uses it to steer the rudder of our life so that our storm-tossed ship will eventually make it into a safe harbor. We know that Jesus can calm the storm for He is the One Who created all things (John 1:3). Once, when the disciples were in a terrible storm on the sea and their boat was in danger of sinking, “they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm” (Luke 8:24). Jesus, as God, can rebuke the wind, the waves and they must obey, and the storm must cease. The God of the Storm is the God we can trust in the storm.
The Calm before the Storm
I live in tornado alley in Kansas and I’ve been in a few tornadoes in my life and I’ve noticed that just before the twisters are nearing, there is an eerie calm. The birds stop singing. The wind ceases and it’s ominously quite but then it all breaks loose. Either you’ve just came out of a storm, you’re presently in a storm, or you’re preparing to go into one, so the time to praise God is during the calm because we need God just as much in the calm as we do in the storm…because the next storm could just be around the horizon.
In All Things
The Apostle Paul writes that we should “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1st Thess 5:18). God’s will is not some mysterious puzzle you must figure out. There are clear Scriptures that tell us what the will of God is and we know for sure that we should give thanks for all things, and that includes the good and the bad (Rom 8:28).
When Jack Hyles said that we need God as much in the calm as in the storm, he knew what he was talking about because we can do nothing without Him, we know that He is sovereign over the storms of live, we know that a calm period happens just before another storm hits, and that we should give thanks to God for all things, especially during times when things seem calm.