CRY TO GOD IN THE STORMS OF LIFE

WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL

DECEMBER 8, 2023

TOPIC: CRY TO GOD IN THE STORMS OF LIFE

BY T. O. BANSO

“Then they cry out to the LORD in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses. He calms the storm, so that its waves are still” (Psalm 107:28-29 New King James Version).

Human beings go through the storms of life at different times in their lives. The storms could be about their health, marriage, children, career, finances, or another. These are problems or troubles that have serious consequences. Some people survive the storms while the storms consume others. Some come out victorious while the storms conquer some.

Like the physical storm, the storms of life could cause ruin or destruction. Job 30:14, in the New King James Version, talks about “the ruinous storm.” Isaiah 28:2, in the same translation, refers to “a destroying storm.” On the sea of life, the storms have wrecked the ships of many people. Some people are carried away by the storm as the physical storm carries away chaff (Job 21:18). Others stand strong after the storms.

However, no matter the storms you are going through in life, don’t focus on the storms. Otherwise, you will be terrified and overwhelmed. In Jonah 1, when God caused a violent storm on the sea and the ship Jonah was on was about to be broken, the sailors were frightened, and they all started praying to their gods. They even threw the ship’s cargo overboard to make the ship lighter. Eventually, they discovered that Jonah was the cause of their trouble, and, at his request, they threw him into the sea and the sea became calm. If you focus on the storm, you will be frightened as these sailors were. Rather, focus on God in your storms and cry to Him to save you.

In Matthew 8, the disciples of Jesus, who were together with Him in the boat, were frightened when a great storm struck the lake, and waves started splashing into their boat. They thought they would drown. They woke up Jesus who was sleeping and asked Him to save them because they were going to drown. “But He said to them, ‘Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?’ Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm (verse 26 New King James Version). The disciples were afraid but didn’t stop there. They went further to cry to Jesus to save them. Mark 4:36-41 and Luke 8:22-25 record the same story.

In another story in Matthew 14, Peter was walking on the water at Jesus’ command after he had asked Jesus, who was walking on the sea to His disciples, to command him to come to Him on the water to prove that it was Him. The disciples of Jesus, who at this time were being tossed by the waves of the wind, had thought that it was a ghost walking to meet them. But when Peter, who had started walking, as Jesus had commanded him, saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid and began to sink.

However, Peter did the right thing after this. He cried out to Jesus to save him (Matthew 14:30). “And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’ And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased” (verses 31-32 New King James Version). Indeed, Peter allowed the storm to scare him, but he cried to Jesus to save him as he was sinking. Don’t let the storm of life drown you; cry to God. He will save you.

Also, in Acts 27, the storm on the sea was so fierce that Paul and those on board with him finally gave up all hope of being saved (verse 20). Ultimately, because of Paul, God showed them mercy and no life was lost. They suffered a shipwreck but all the 276 people on the ship came out unhurt.

The storms of life often continue for a longer period than the physical storm on the sea. But they teach us some lessons about the storms of life. The storms of life do not leave one the same. They make some better and others bitter. They destroy or ruin some and lift others. Job went through the storm of life but, in the end, God blessed his latter days more than his beginning (Job 42:12). James 5:11 says, “As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy” (New International Version).

Whatever the storms of life you are going through, don’t focus on them and let them terrify you. In the storms of life, Jesus will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). He will be with you always, even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20). “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you” (Isaiah 43:2 New King James Version).

Look unto God, not at the storms. Peter was walking on the sea at Jesus’ command despite the storms until he looked at the storm. “But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, ‘Lord, save me!’” (Matthew 14:30 New King James Version). He saw the wind because he looked at it! He saw how strong the wind was.

Don’t look at the storms of life. I am not saying that you should live in denial of the storms but don’t meditate on them. Whatever you meditate on will eventually become magnified! Don’t meditate on the storms. Don’t look at the storms. Look unto God, the One who can calm the storms, as Jesus did for His disciples in the scriptures I have referred to. “Then they cry out to the LORD in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses. He calms the storm, so that its waves are still” (Psalm 107:28-29 New King James Version).

In Psalm 69, David was in trouble. What did he do? He said, “Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing; I have come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me” (verses 1-2 New King James Version). He was going through the storm of life. He didn’t live in denial but cried to God. If you find yourself in such a situation, do what David did. Cry to God. As we saw earlier, that was what the disciples did. Also, when Peter was sinking, he cried to Jesus to save him. Don’t just weep about the storms of life, cry to God to save you.

The writer of Psalm 116 said, “The pains of death surrounded me, and the pangs of Sheol laid hold of me; I found trouble and sorrow. Then I called upon the name of the Lord: ‘O Lord, I implore You, deliver my soul!’” (Verses 3-4 New King James Version).

Jonah 2:1-2 says, “From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. He said: ‘In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From the depths of the grave I called for help, and you listened to my cry” (New International Version). The belly of the fish is not a place of enjoyment or comfort. Jonah said further, “When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, Lord, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple” (verse 7 New International Version). What was the result of Jonah’s prayer? The Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah to dry land (verse 10). Jonah cried to God in his storm, and God heard him. Cry to Him also.

Jeremiah also cried to God and He heard him. “Those who were my enemies without cause hunted me like a bird. They tried to end my life in a pit and threw stones at me; the waters closed over my head, and I thought I was about to be cut off. I called on your name, O Lord, from the depths of the pit. You heard my plea: ‘Do not close your ears to my cry for relief’’” (Lamentation 3:52-56 New International Version). God heard the cry of Jeremiah; He took up his case and redeemed his life (verse 58). He will do the same for you.

Cry to God in your storms, and don’t be tired of crying to Him. As Jesus says in Matthew 7:7-8, Ask and keep on asking and it will be given to you; seek and keep on seeking and you will find; knock and keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking receives, and he who keeps on seeking finds, and to him who keeps on knocking, it will be opened(Amplified Bible). God will bring about justice for His chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night and will not keep putting them off; He will see that they get justice, and quickly (Luke 18:7-8a).

In the storms of life, look unto God and cry to Him. He will answer you; you will not be put to shame. David said, “I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces were not ashamed” (Psalm 34:4-5 New King James Version). Look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith (Hebrews 12:2).

The storms of life may be tossing you around but remain focused on God and continue to cry to Him. He will stop the storm and deliver you out of it. “Jerusalem, you are sad and discouraged, tossed around in a storm. But I, the Lord, will rebuild your city with precious stones; for your foundation I will use blue sapphires” (Isaiah 54:11 Contemporary English Version).

Trust God to deliver you in the storms of life. Though you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, don’t fear any evil, for God is with you; His rod and staff will comfort you (Psalm 23:4). Cry to Him. Never stop praying! Pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Pray with fasting. Cry out to God in your storms: He will deliver you, save you, or bring you out of your distress (Psalm 107:6, 13, 19, 28).

TAKE ACTION!

If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner and you cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.

Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and God raised Him on the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.

I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.

PRAYER POINTS: Father, I look to You, deliver me in the storms of life. Let it not blow me away like chaff or destroy me. Holy Spirit, help me not to focus on the storms but on God. I shall not be drowned by the storms of life in Jesus’ name but overcome.

(For over 900 in-depth and powerful messages by T. O. Banso, visit www.cedarministry.org).

T. O. Banso is the President of Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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