Tuesday Night Bible Study
March 31, 2020
How To Weather The Storms Of Life Series?
Rev. Dr. James A. May, D. D., M.R.E., Th.M. – Facilitator
Lessons 5 “AFTER THE STORMS”
Ephesians 5:15-20 NLT
So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. 16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. 17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. 18 Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, 19 singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. 20 And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
After going through any natural storm, there are certain things that we must do. Those things depend on the severity of the storm. After a sever storm, some of the things we do are, stay informed. We continue listening to news or weather radio to stay updated about severe thunderstorm watches and warnings. More severe thunderstorms could be headed your way. We contact our families and loved ones. We let our families and close friends know that we are okay so they can help spread the word. Assess the damage. When the severe weather threat has ended, we check our property for damages. Help our neighbors; help other people who are in need.
Similarly, after we go through a storm of life, there are certain things that we must do. Those things depend on the severity of the storm.
After the Storm
When we go through our storms in life, we should be different after the storm. Our faith in God should increase, our dependency in God should improve, and most of all, we should worship God.
When Noah left the ark, he built an altar to the Lord, and there he sacrificed as burnt offerings the animals and birds that had been approved for that purpose. As Christians, we should present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is our reasonable service (see Romans 12:1).
As we go through the trials and tribulations of life, we should constantly be giving God praise honor and glory. After the storm, we should thank God for delivering us (see Ephesians 5:19-20). This praise shouldn’t be a silent praise, or an undercover praise. It should be a glorious praise, a praise letting the whole world know who our God is (Matthew 10:33; Hebrews 13:15; Ephesians 5:19; John 4:23-24).
Learning from the Storm
After going through any storm of life, we must learn from the storm. If the storm was sent by God to teach us, and we don’t learn from it, you can expect another storm (see Jeremiah 18:1-9; Romans 9:14-24; Isaiah 29:16; 64:8). If the storm is a satanic attack, and we don’t learn from it, we will yield into temptation (see James 1:12-15; I Cor. 10:13; Hebrews 2:18, 4:15). If we are disobedient to God or going down the path of unrighteousness, we can expect a course correction (see Proverbs 3:5-6). This means that we must allow the willing Spirit of God; to overcome the weakness of the flesh or our worldly cravings (see Matthew 26:41; 1 John 4:4), in order to learn and rebuild our lives. Remember, God already knows what we are going through, what we are about to go through, and what we will go through in the future.
Rebuilding after the StormAfter a storm, Noah had to rebuild and repopulate the earth (Genesis 9:18-20). After a storm, there must be some rebuilding in your life. A storm will always reveal weaknesses in our lives. We must look at the damages the storm caused or revealed (our weaknesses) and strive to improve them. This means if we lack faith; we must strengthen our faith. We do this by expounding on the Word of God (see Romans 10:17). When we learn the Word of God, we began to get more confidence in Christ; and this allows the old “you,” to disappear and the “new” you; the “you” that represents Christ to embrace your life (2 Corinthians 5:17).
The Word of God will address our fears (2 Timothy 1:7); our worries (Philippians 4:6-7; Matthew 6:25-30); our doubt (Matthew 21:21; James 1:6; Proverbs 3:5-8) and any other issues we have in order to live a godly life. God has given us everything we need (see 2 Peter 1:3). When we have confidence in Christ; He can better use us for His Glory (Ephesians 2:10).
Focus or Refocus on our Mission
Although a storm can be a distraction, we must refocus on our mission. For the Christian, that mission is to win souls (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8). It is to display the character of Christ to the world (Matthew 5:13-16). This must not only be done after the storm, but throughout the storm as well. During a storm, our human nature may cause us to get sidetracked as to what our mission is. When this happens, we must refocus on our mission.
When Daniel’s enemies plotted against him and caused him to be thrown into the lion’s den because of his faith in God, his enemies thought he would be killed by the lions. However, the Lord was with him, and the next morning when the den was opened Daniel emerged unharmed. God witnessed Daniel’s faith and rose to his defense. While God did not keep him from being accused or from being thrown into the lion’s den (his storm), He certainly protected him in the lion’s den. This is what He does for us. Subsequently, the king gave orders to arrest the men and their families who had wickedly accused Daniel. He ordered that they be thrown into the lions’ den, and the lions tore them apart.
Because Daniel went through the storm, and God delivered him from the lions. King Darius made a decree that “everyone throughout his kingdom should tremble with fear before the God of Daniel…” Daniel’s obedience and faithfulness to God, caused an entire nation was turned back to worshiping our true God (read Daniel 6). This was his mission before and after the storm of the lion’s den.
When distractions occur during our storms of life, and after our storms of life we must stay focus on our mission. We must stand firm on Romans 8:38-39, “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
After enduring a storm in our lives, we should be better off that we were before we went through it. In other words, our worshiping of God should intensify, and we should gain some knowledge and faith that will make us better Christians.
We are going to have to rebuild for the purpose of strengthening us and improving ourselves in our everyday living.
We must refocus on our mission, and that mission is winning souls for Christ. It is to display the character of Christ to the world. Our storms in life should not make us bitter but make us better.