THE BELIEVER’S NEED FOR STORMS IN LIFE
“As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.” [Prov 10:25]
The very STORMS through which the believer passes, will only strengthen him to take a firmer hold of Christ.
As the same wind that blows down the shallow-rooted tree, only establishes the deep-rooted tree – so the same STORMS which uproot the ‘shallow professor’, only establish the ‘true believer’ more firmly in Christ.
Though THESE STORMS may shake off some of his ‘leaves’, or break off some of the ‘rotten boughs’ at the end of the branch, they do not uproot the believer’s faith, but rather strengthen it.
IT IS IN THESE STORMS that he learns . . .
more of his own weakness, and of Christ’s strength;
more of his own misery, and of Christ’s mercy;
more of his own sinfulness, and of superabounding grace;
more of his own poverty, and of Christ’s riches;
more of his own desert of hell, and of his own title to heaven.
IT IS IN THESE STORMS that the same blessed Spirit who began the work carries it on; and goes on to engrave the image of Christ in deeper characters upon his heart; and to teach him more and more experimentally the truth as it is in Jesus.
“Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in Thee: yea, in the shadow of Thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities (storms) be overpast..” [Psalm 57:1]