Weather patterns can change quickly. Even with meteorological advancements such as the pulse-Doppler radar system, the exact nature, timing and path of an oncoming weather front cannot be predicted with certainty. Our thoughts and emotions have a similar, unpredictable pattern. We can wake one morning full of spiritual zeal: excited to walk with God, confident in His presence and provision. Then hours later, like a sudden shift in the weather, stormy emotions and turbulent thoughts flood our soul, shaking our faith.
These unpredictable shifts in our mental and emotional climates present a wonderful opportunity to walk by faith, not by our feelings or sight. John the Baptist experienced such an opportunity when he was hit with a storm of epic proportion. While faithfully fulfilling his God-given ministry, John was unjustly placed in prison. This storm shook his faith. John sent his disciples to ask Jesus, “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?” (Matthew 11:3) He must have wondered: If Jesus was the Messiah, why was he enduring such devastating circumstances? At times, you may wonder this as well.
As Jesus confirmed that He was indeed the long-awaited Messiah, He spoke to His followers in every generation:
From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing and forceful men lay hold of it” (Matthew 11:12).
Certain climates and conditions require us to exert great force in order to saturate our minds and align our emotions with God’s truth. In such times we must rise up in bold faith, claiming our God-given provision:
“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3).
We can remind God of His promises. We do so by persistently asking for and claiming all He has provided for us in Christ Jesus.
For the unexpected storms, as well as the predictable ones, come boldly and confidently to God’s throne of grace. He will provide everything you need. Then wait under the umbrella of expectant faith, holding tightly to His promises. His provisions will rain down from heaven, flooding your life with His glory and grace.