– John R. Mott
Seeking the God of the Storms
Jesus rebuked the storm, and the storm had to submit since He is also the Creator God (Mark 4:39). Whatsoever He says, all of nature must obey. That is what we must remind ourselves when we face the giants of life in the form of difficulties. Just think of what God says in His Word: “Is anything too hard for the LORD” (Gen. 18:14a)? He often repeats this same phrase throughout the Bible: “I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me” (Jer. 32:27)? The obvious answer to that rhetorical question is no! To God, everything is small.
Communicates the Believers Heart
Have you ever felt at a loss for words when praying? You’re certainly not alone because this happens to many believers, but thankfully the Spirit of God can help us, as Paul writes, “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God” (Rom. 8:26-27). If you can’t pray or say it, groan it because the Spirit of God searches our hearts to intercede for us and to pray “according to the will of God.”
Reliance Upon God
Ever felt completely helpless against a problem? God would say, “Good. Now you can rely on Me.” God doesn’t want us to fight our own battles, but He wants to fight them for us. When Joshua was leading Israel and they faced insurmountable odds, God said, “Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you” (Deut. 3:22). Previously, God had reassured Israel, “The LORD your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes” (Deut. 1:30). Imagine that! God goes before them. If God will fight for us, then it’s time to drop the gloves and let God be glorified in this battle because who can ever be against God?
Trust in God
Trust in God is revealed in the way that we face problems. I know of some people who are going through some very hard times right now, yet they still love the phrase “I praise You in this storm.” The psalmist knew this very well when he wrote, “I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust” (Psalm 91:2), as did Nahum, “The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knows them that trust in him” (Nahum 1:7).
You cannot overcome the giants in your life. Prayer alone will overcome the gigantic difficulties, for He is sovereign over nature. He is aware of our unutterable words in prayer and wants us to rely on Him alone, and we know from experience that we can trust Him. Now we must let go and let God be God.