Philippians 4:6, NIV
One day I found myself in the middle of a violent storm of water, noise, and wind. It had absolutely no effect on me at all. I was completely calm. In fact the whole experience was a truly cleansing and refreshing experience and something I definitely needed. I was in an automatic car wash safely inside my car as spray machines and automatic dryers did a fantastic job of doing exactly what they were designed to do for the road ahead. My faith endured the storm. I was so pleased with the good result.
Oswald Chambers once observed that “God orchestrates our circumstances to educate our faith.” I agree. Our circumstances are to our faith what the car wash was to my car. They are all a process, working together for good for the road ahead. (Romans 8:28)
My favorite story about faith in the Bible is the story of Jesus asleep in the boat as the disciples were rowing on the Sea of Galilee through a great, dangerous storm. How could He sleep in a storm? Because the storm was as clear to Him as the car wash was to me. He understood it all to be a divinely orchestrated process for the road ahead. He knew God was teaching His disciples to trust and only a storm could do the job.
When storms come into our God-orchestrated path, He is using the exterior storm to educate our interior faith. As we grow in interior faith the exterior storms do not go away. Exterior storms will always be a part of our God orchestrated lives but interior panic can be gone forever. Whatever it is that disturbs our souls is an opportunity for faith education. God wants us to discover that possessing an undisturbed soul is a greater accomplishment than avoiding the storms. It is!
Now, if I could just enjoy flying!
QUESTION: Do you believe God orchestrates your circumstances to educate your faith? How do you maintain calm in times of stress?