Growing Better or Bitter Through Storms?

Posted: July 18, 2022 in Uncategorized

No one knows all the storms you have been through but you and God. For every storm, we have an opportunity to get bitter or better. To get bitter all we have to do is identify in the feeling of temporary powerlessness. To get better, we identify with Jesus and His forever power. Can there be victims through storms? Absolutely, but there cannot be a powerless Christian. Remember many of the disciples were tortured (victims) by the world for their obedience to Jesus, but they were never without the power of His peace.

 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”– John 16:33

Let’s look at the greek translation for tribulation……

tribulation (greek word thlipsis), especially internal pressure that causes someone to feel confined, 

restricted, “without options”

-Help Studies/ Discovery Bible copyright 2021

Some have suggested a life without relationships is a life without tribulation. What if running away from people is not the answer but running to Jesus is? As Christians, We are all children of God and His desire is for the storms to help us grow in character through perseverance. If He wanted to stunt our growth in character, Jesus would tell us to run from tribulations.

And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; -Romans 5:3

Listen, as you tell others the story of storms in your life. Ask yourself, “Was trust in Christ evident through your story of the storm or is the story only about magnifying storms?”. In our story to others were we persevering there in the storm because of obedience to Jesus or did we disobey Him and run from the storm?. When we invite the outward storm to become our inward storm, we can and will fear storms. I have shared guilt of this in the past, and made emotional decisions to escape some difficult relational storms by running away in the middle of them which created even worse storms. Jesus never walked away from His disciples relationally while on the earth, even when they denied Him, and He will never leave you!

Many believe before you can conquer storms you must know the why and purpose of them. What if before we become an expert on storms, we should become an expert on intimately knowing the Savior who has the authority over them? Teaching our children to run away in the middle of storms can rob a child from growing in their knowledge of the Prince of Peace and lover of their soul, Jesus.

If some of us as parents, like myself, made decisions to be fearful in storms and we don’t own the mistake to our children of not trusting Jesus, then we could be setting our children/grandchildren up to repeat the cycle of identifying as powerless. The stronghold of bitterness could be the inheritance we pass along to our children and grandchildren.

Our children can subconsciously avoid being transparent and known in relationships, because mom and dad taught them that is where the storms are. Children can often take the fear and lack of trust in Jesus in our story and make it their own story. So maybe children shouldn’t always be rescued from their storms but learn to rely on Jesus and His wisdom to go through the storm. When our generation is transparent with our failures to trust Jesus, this next generation can be powerful and have healthy relationships through storms when relying on Jesus!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths
.
-Proverbs 3:5-6

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