The Bible says with age comes wisdom and understanding. (Job 12:12) Wisdom is to be shared. I share with you what I have learned about the Sun and THE SON. (Jesus Christ) When the sun is shining, embrace it and enjoy its warmth. And when the storms come, remember that the sun will return and sometimes it even returns with a rainbow! When we experience the storms of life (and we will), instead of focusing on the storm, we must hold on and wait for THE SON. I was taught in school that even when it is storming, the sun does not go anywhere, any more than you or I don’t vanish when we walk behind a building or a large tree that blocks us from view. When it rains the rain comes from clouds, and these clouds are usually thick and you can’t see through them, like that building or tree that blocks us from sight. The sun is still there, it is just being blocked from our view by the rain clouds. The same applies to THE SON. Just because we can’t see Him doesn’t mean He is not there.
“Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:20)
“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.” (Psalm 34:19)
“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” (Psalm 27:14)
Jesus promise is to be with His followers in Spirit and in Truth every minute of every day, until the very end of life and into eternal life beyond. He did not say only when the sun was out but in the storms as well. Even when we don’t feel or see Him, He is there. Whenever we are feeling confused, our hearts will grow weary, and THE SON may seem to disappear. A life storm, be it mentally, physically, financially, or spiritually (warfare) will have you thinking you are alone. But we are not alone. The storm that is surrounding us may keep us from feeling the presence of THE SON, but He sees us, and He is surrounding us in the storm. The devil wants us to believe we are alone. He wants us to doubt and question God. The truth is that THE SON will never leave or forsake us. The truth is Jesus is always working on our behalf even in the mist of the storms. We must keep our mind on the truth, and not the enemies lies! God’s purposes for us are so much infinitely bigger than the confusion, stress, and fear we experience in a storm.
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever, the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.” (John 14:16-17)
“Be sober minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Sometimes Jesus will stop the storm, and then sometimes He will calm us through the storm. That. Is. His. call. We certainly would prefer if He just removed the storm, but then we may miss the tools we need for our purpose ahead. Jesus knows there are valuable lessons to be learned in a storm. The storms of life teach us patience, perseverance, humility, and most importantly they help us to grow spiritually. The storms of life will draw us closer to our Savior. Whatever is happening, God is good! And no storm of any kind will stop His great plan to replace darkness with light. Nothing will stop or block His love and care for us. Not war, violence, plagues, pandemics, demons, darkness, hurricanes, politics, or even death. All of these things? Their days are numbered. But THE SON remains!
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.” (1 Peter 4:12-13)
“The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.” (Lamentations 3:25)
“then the LORD your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where he scattered you.” (Deuteronomy 30:3)
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)
Maybe your finances are tight. Maybe you or someone you love is extremely ill. This world is full of darkness and you feel fear rising in your heart and are tempted towards anxiety and despair, ready to give up. Don’t panic! Look through the storm for THE SON and allow Him to remind you of what to do in this dark season; keep the faith, keep praising, and keep giving glory to God! And just like nature’s storms, when it passes, there is sometimes a rainbow in the form of restoration, healing, and peace. Learn the lesson which the sun and THE SON teaches us, they never disappear just because we don’t see or feel them! Love and blessings…