When Storms Come
I. The Types of Storms We Face
• There are normal storms. The Bible says God makes it rain on the just and the unjust (Matthew 5:45). We simply live in a world that has storms as a natural part of life.
• Then there are some storms we engineer by our own foolishness and disobedience. That's the kind of storm Jonah got into to when he tried to flee from the presence of God (Jonah 1:1-4).
• And then there are storms we're dragged into by other people. That's where we find the apostle Paul. He was a prisoner who had tried to warn the guards! But they wouldn't listen so he was dragged into his storm by others. Acts 27
• There are also storms God sends us for growth. Jesus commanded His disciples to get into a boat and go to the other side of the sea (Matthew 8: 18-27). He knew a storm was brewing but was teaching them a lesson for their development.
II. The Main Things the Savior Teaches through Storms
A. Recognize Our Own Helplessness verse 25 “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.
B. Recognize Our Own Dependence on Him
C. Recognize His Sufficiency, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.
D. Remind Us of His Sovereignty 27 And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”
When you go through a trial, the sovereignty of God is the pillow upon which you lay your head." Charles Spurgeon.