The Storm Isn´t Always the Devil

As Christians we know that we are in a war with our Adversary the devil. 1 Peter 5:8-9 says, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour; Whom resist the stedfast in the faith..." We can get so used to spiritual warfare that we can assume every storm comes from the devil.

Did you know that God will also create storms to accomplish his ultimate purposes? Matthew 3:12 talks about the Messiah and says, "Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire." During harvest, by waving a fan an artificial wing was created which would separate the wheat from the chaff. The wind would blow the lighter chaff away and the wheat would fall unto the threshing floor. The Lord will blow on His church from time to time with His Holy Spirit and the chaff will be blown away but the wheat will remain.

Sometimes the Lord will blow in our personal life the same way and we feel the winds of the storm. When a storm comes those things which are not anchored down will be moved but those things anchored in Jesus will remain. The first storm recorded in the Bible separated those in the ark from the rest of the world. The storm lifted those in the ark above the judgment while those outside the ark were carried away.

Let's make sure that we are anchored in Jesus today so that no matter what kind of storm comes we will be able to handle it, whether a storm from the devil or a storm from the Lord.