Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Wednesday Weekly Devotional

By Pastor Rick Fisk

Joy in the Storm

Early in my career I worked in my family’s construction business. Most of the work was commercial or industrial, and involved jobs that took months rather than days to accomplish. The buildings were large and/or high, which meant it was not unusual to have significant portions of a building vulnerable to weather. When storms were part of the weather forecast, I was always on edge for fear of what severe weather could do to a job that was underway. To this day I still dread storms. 

When the winds howl, the lightning flashes, and the thunder rattles the ground, it is easy to feel vulnerable, out of control, powerless. That is when we need to remember who’s really in control – and it is not us. The storm is not always literal, it can be figurative. It might be an unexpected health issue, it could be the loss of a job, or the brokenness of a relationship.

When the world appears to be crashing down upon us, God, the Creator, the Father knows where we are and is right there with us. “For I know the plans I have for you, ‘declares the Lord’, Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future,“ (Jeremiah 29:11).

While these words are of great comfort; I still find it takes faith to be able to be courageous during a storm. My heart must remain attuned toward God to find joy in the darkest moments. “ You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13). 

Many of you are either in the middle of or are entering the midst of threatening storms. It might be a newly diagnosed cancer, or contending with an extended heart problem. It could be  unexpected health complications, or a sudden accident. Maybe it is the ongoing pressure of a job, or never before experienced mental and emotional stress. The clouds are dark…

No matter how severe the storm, know that God is still at work in our lives. He intends to see us through the darkest days. “The Lord will keep you from all harm – he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going, both now and forevermore.” ( Psalm 121:7-8).