Psalm 119:25-32 (KJV)

25 I lie defeated in the dust; revive me, as you have promised.
26 I confessed all I have done, and you answered me;teach me your ways.
27 Help me to understand your laws,and I will meditate on your wonderful teachings.#
28 I am overcome by sorrow; strengthen me, as you have promised.
29 Keep me from going the wrong way, and in your goodness teach me your law.
30 I have chosen to be obedient; I have paid attention to your judgements.
31 I have followed your instructions, LORD; don’t let me be put to shame.
32 I will eagerly obey your commands, because you will give me more understanding.

“My soul clings to the dust… My soul melts from the heaviness” (Ps. 119:25,28).

Have you ever felt like that?

Are you feeling desolation of a raging storm in your life today?

Believers have a choice about how they will respond to life’s tempests.

Either they can cast blame while becoming resentful and bitter, or they can turn to the Lord and ask, “What is Your purpose?”

Since recognizing God’s purpose and plan is the way that faith grows, Christians may be tempted to ask, “Why?”

However like a child grasping new concepts, we learn step-by-step that God is faithful and will always do just as He promised.

For instance, in the Old Testament, King David made destructively wrong choices for which God allowed cleansing storms into his life.  The leader of the nation had wandered off the right path, but painful experiences drove him back to the center of the Lord’s will.

We might consider the divine method cruel, but David would disagree. He wrote, “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word….It is good for me that I been afflicted, that I may learn your statutes” (Ps. 119, 67,71).

Returning believers to right fellowship is only one of God’s purposes for a life storm.

Some difficulties are meant to blow away all distractions so we can focus our attention on the Lord. Other tempests break our worldly mold so that we can be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ.

Our personal pleasure is not the top priority.

God’s primary concern is to shape a wise and obedient servant who loves Him.

When a storm rages into your life, understand that the Lord is already planning how to turn destruction into good. Seek His objective and work with Him to achieve it.

Because as we are promised in Romans 8:8; “We know that all things work together for the good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

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