Storms Will Come

Storms Will Come

By Dustin Williams

Storms Will Come…but we must look toward the outcome!

“…then Paul stood in the midst of them and said, ‘Men, you should have listened to me, and not have sailed from Crete and incurred this disaster and loss. And now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. For there stood by me this night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve, saying, “‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you.” Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me. However, we must run aground on a certain island.’” Acts 27:21-26 (NKJV)

It’s not a matter of “if” the storms of life will come, it’s a matter of “when” they will come. And boy do storms come. Challenges, hardships and losses never come at opportune times. They come when you aren’t ready. They come at the worst times. Why? Because storms are unpredictable and sometimes bad things happen to good people. Storms hit all of us regardless of titles, bank accounts, race or religion. In my last message to the church I pastored, I used the text from Acts 27. Paul and Luke we’re heading to Rome to stand before Caesar, which would be key to the conversion of the great Roman Empire. But, as they were heading for Rome, their ship was caught in a northeaster.

Northeasters are massive storms. For several days they were tossed about every which way and they were ready to give up.

What felt hopeless was actually just another way for God to show up and show off. Paul was visited by an angel and he was told that they would all survive. He relayed the message and told everyone to keep their courage up. A prisoner, stuck in a boat of tough Roman officers, was now encouraging them. I love the way God works! Long story short, every man survived the shipwreck and Paul had an opportunity to heal a man in Malta that was dying. As a result of the storm, as a result of the shipwreck, many were healed and heard the gospel of Jesus Christ. God will use storms to propel us into His perfect plan. What started as an unexpected detour, turned into an unexpected awakening on the island of Malta.

So, I leave you with this thought. Storms will happen because they need to happen so that we can one day be able to say we are glad they happened.

Have you ever been to the point of giving up?

Have you ever felt like the storm won’t end?

Can you look back at your life and see a storm you went through that you can honestly say you were glad you went through because of the eventual outcome?  Share your thoughts by commenting below.

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  • Michael

    One lesson the Holy Spirit has taught me quite some time ago is that sometimes we bring storms on ourselves through sin and it is out of the love of Jesus Christ He is trying to get our attention and get us back on the narrow road that leads to life.
    There is always a price to pay for disobedience. God is so good to us, He doesn’t owe us anything yet out of His love and mercy he draws us and even warns us to get our attention at times because He takes no pleasure to see any of His children lost and to suffer. While yes I need to better a quote however from Joyce Meyer as believes we need to remember. We may not be where we should be yet but thank God we aren’t where we use to be! Something to keep in mind as we strive to do better for the glory and honor to God. Katie is also such a blessing as she reminds us we also need to healing of those wounds in our soul.

  • Karen Jones

    4 years ago my mum was diagnosed with terminal cancer and not saved, she lived for 12 weeks from the diagnosis and I cared for her and my alcoholic father who was very abusive to my mum as he could not cope with what was going on, it was the hardest thing caring for my mum till she died and seeing her heart being broken by his abusive outbursts, it was only the grace of God that got me through. On being diagnosed I asked my mum would you like to give your life to Jesus and she said no, fast forward 12 weeks and 3 days before she died and after Many prayers and some talking about Jesus I asked her Mum would you like to give your life to Jesus and she said yes so I was able to lead her to the Lord and she never really regained consciousness and went home to be with the Lord.
    4 years on after having many challenging times with taking care of my alcoholic father and nearly losing him twice he has now been free of Alcohol for 6 months and I finally got to see my dad free from booze after being an alcoholic for 54 years which is an absolute miracle only God could achieve. I also walk free from living in abuse and violence during my childhood God has set me free and healed me from the wounds of the past and I have forgiven my Dad. The storms were fierce and at any time thought I would not make it but now my Amazing Mum is in heaven and I am praying for my dad to be saved, he is a changed man I finally got to meet my dad off the booze, and believing one day he and the rest of my family will accept Jesus and be saved.

  • Lorrain Naicker

    Dear Katie, a few nights ago I had a dream. In it my teeth fillings fell off. I was in a panic state. I was praying and I asked God what to do. He directed me to Lynn from Shiloh to ask you to pray for me , because you carry the is anointing. Last night 27 May. My dream became a reality. I followed the instructions in the dream. I am humbly requesting prayer for a mouth full of sparkling white teeth. I have always had problems with my teeth. Growing up we struggle to buy food much less toothpaste. I have often been in Yr meetings where miracles for teeth occurred.

    I don’t desire gold teeth. I just want the normal set of white teeth so I can laugh again. God has given me a spirit of joy. Irrespective of my storms. I can still find joy in him.

    Financially, I am thanking God in advance for supernatural divine miracle for Breakthroughs. I believe that this Pentecost is going to be far greater than AZUZA STREET REVIVAL. Fire throughout the world in Jesus’s Name. For some reason I had to come here to receive my miracles.

    I humbly thank you in advance for your intercession for me🙏

  • Paula Sparks

    Listening to Dr. David Jeremiah this morning while driving, he shared that upon looking back over our lives we begin to realize that we learn from suffering. Most of the lessons in this life are driven into our souls because we suffered – the loss of a loved one, the devastation of seeing a grandchild diagnosed with a mental disorder, the loss of our husband’s job and a plunge into financial insecurity. These sorrows are what open our hearts to God’s Word and turn us to search His will. He has told us His ways are much higher than ours – it is in asking God to help us in suffering that we are purged and cleansed to become useful to Him. Like Mary, we will sit at His feet to listen and learn when we are suffering – and we can know that He is holding us in His hand, interceding for us to the Father. Praise God that He turns our suffering into an opportunity to draw near to Him.