We have to actually apply that knowledge to our lives. In the midst of a storm, sometimes it can be difficult to focus on what truly matters. When our perfect and holy God is the center of our lives and gets all of our attention, everything else just seems to fade into the background.
When Peter had his focus on Christ, Peter just walked right over the water. Yet the moment he lost focus, he began to sink. Focusing on Christ will allow you to walk right over those circumstances with only bottom of your feet being touched by them. Are you focused on Christ and walking, or are you focused on the waves around you and sinking? Have faith in Christ and know that He will always carry you over your circumstances.
Even if you do falter and begin to sink, He will save you just as He did Peter. Remind yourself constantly that your circumstances cannot defeat you, and focusing on Christ allows you to have power over them. Every difficulty is for your development. God wants us to learn from life's storms.
Overcoming The Storms Of Life – Part 2 | Cleveland Christian Fellowship
Most of us are slow learners. Most of us have had to learn something more than once. If you don't learn something God will bring it again in your life. It will come back.
God is more interested in your character than He is in your comfort. God is more interested in making you change to be more like Christ than He is in making things easy for you. You never graduate from the school of hard knocks. How should I handle this? How should I respond? Your response will determine your outcome. You and I are going to go through many storms in our lives. Rather we like it or not they are coming. The only thing that we can to is be prepared for them when they do come.
How am I going to deal with this storm?
The Amplified New Testament. The ship taking prisoners to Rome was in the middle of the Mediterranean ocean, hadn't seen the sun for 14 days, total darkness. They can't get any bearings, they don't know where the stars are, and they have no idea where they are so, they just drifted with the storm. That the problem with many of our churches today, they're just drifting through life. They have no goal, no objective, no purpose, no ambition or dream for life. They just go along to get along. Life is tough so why make the effort? Why even try? I'll just go by on the minimum. We don't call it drifting today.
We call it coasting. The problem with coasting is that you're headed downhill. You never coast uphill. You're going the wrong direction if you're coasting. Life is not a coast.
Life's tough. Don't lose your goal, your ambition, and your dream just because life gets hard. They are out in the middle of the Mediterranean ocean and it's been 14 days without any sunlight. They've been battered by the winds and waves back and forth and they start throwing things overboard to lighten the ship. First they threw the cargo overboard. Then it says they threw the tackle overboard and then the food. They were ready to throw the prisoners overboard. They were throwing away the things they needed because the storm was so tough. This is a common, human reaction to difficulty. When you get in a storm, a difficulty, a trial, when the heat is on and the pressure is on and the stress gets unbearable, we start throwing away the things we need to survive the storms, our values, relationships that we would not normally let go of in better times.
We start saying things like, "I'm throwing in the towel. I'm giving up on my marriage.
I'm abandoning this relationship. I'm out of here. I'm checking out, chucking it all. I'm giving up on my dream. They cut away the lifeboats to force every one to stay with the ship. Have you done that in your marriage?
Have you cut the life boats lose so there's no way out? Have you said, "Divorce is not an option for us. We're going to make this thing work.
Divorce is not an option. If you haven't, you'll always be tempted to walk out. If you don't throw away the key, you'll never develop the character God wants you to have. It's always easier to cop out than it is to develop character. God can change situations, personalities. He can change you. But He won't if you're always walking out the back door. He says "Stay with the ship". Don't throw out the values you know are right and important. Don't abandon the things you know you need in your life.
I've learned from personal experience that it is never God's will for me to run from a difficult situation. If you do, you will face it again later. God wants you to learn, to grow, to develop. Stay with it! Fourteen days in total darkness, don't know where they're going, they're being beat up, tossed back and forth.
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They've given up their cargo, their tackle, their food. Finally they give up hope.