Charles Stanley (January-08-2020) Daily Devotion: Responding to Life’s Storms.
How do you react in a thunderstorm? Do you tremble under the covers in fear? Or do you recall the words of Psalm 29: “The God of glory thunders ... The voice of the Lord is majestic” (Psalm 29:3-4)? Just as our responses to bad weather vary according to our perspective, so do our reactions to trials.
Life’s storms can either stunt or accelerate our spiritual growth. The determining factor is our reaction. Some people humbly cry out to the Lord, while others get angry or frustrated with Him. Still others ignore Him and try to figure things out on their own, seeking solutions in every place except God’s Word.
Turning away from the Lord results in a hardened heart for an unbeliever and discipline for a believer. God wants us to be surrendered to His will, because if we are proud or self-
reliant, then we aren’t useful for His glory. That’s why He brings storms across our path—to teach us to rely on Him.
When the Lord allows adversity in your life, do you accept it as something designed for your good? Or do you try to bend God to your will? As difficult as they may be, storms are meant to produce godly character in us.