“The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.”
Several years ago when I was just a young boy, we lived in Decatur, Alabama. One night my mother ran into my bedroom to snatch me out of bed so she could rush me into the car. We quickly drove to the church, and once we arrived, my mother carried me to the basement of the church because there were tornadoes that were coming our way. For anyone who lived through that night, they still remember the horrific damage those tornadoes caused that April night in 1974. What was so terrifying about that night was that there was nothing you could do to stop the storm; it was going to have its way no matter what we did. The only thing we could do to stay safe that night was to run to the basement to stay safe from the storm. We had to let the storm have its way.
The verse above says, “…the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.” This verse is teaching that God is in the whirlwind and storm of your life. There are several lessons this verse is teaching the Christian to help them through the storms.
First, you cannot stop the storm. Storms are going to come in your life. It doesn’t matter what you do to try to keep the storms from coming; they are simply a part of life. Too many Christians become bitter because of the storms, but even the lost person has storms come their way. The difference between the saved and the lost person is that we know the One Who is in the storm can protect us from it.
Second, we learn is that God has His way in the storms of life. We should not fight God when the storms come; instead, we should yield ourselves to Him and let Him do through us what He wants to do. We should let the LORD make in us the purpose as to why He sent the storms and not fight Him. When we let the LORD have His way in the storms of life, great things will come out of them. Don’t let the storms of life be a wasted time. You can fight the storm, or you can yield to the LORD and let the storm teach you what He is trying to do in your life.
Third, God is your shelter from the storm. Isaiah 25:4 teaches, “For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.” Just like my mother sheltered me in the basement during those storms, you are going to have to take shelter in the LORD during your storms. No, He will not stop the storm while you are in His refuge, but He will keep you safe from the damage the storm causes. You can try to face the elements of life’s storm alone and encounter damage, or you can run to the LORD for your shelter and find that He is a refuge in the time of storm.
My friend, storms are going to come your way, but you are going to have to allow the LORD to have His way in the storm. If you stop fighting your storms and run to Him for your shelter, you will learn what He is trying to do through your life. It is only when He becomes your “refuge from the storm” that you will learn the lessons He is trying to teach you, and you will become the Christian He is trying to make of you. The storm will either become your source of fellowship or bitterness depending upon if you allow the LORD to be your shelter in the time of storm.