Today’s Scripture: O LORD, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm… Isaiah 25:1, 4

Life can be a shocking experience. Some seasons are filled with moments that are hard to understand. In our finite minds, we cannot comprehend why God would allow storms to come. We get tossed about and look out at the ocean of problems and wonder if He is even watching. Neglecting the fact that God is piloting our ship, we grasp desperately for control. When we are going through the midst of the tempest, it is easy to feel as though no one understands, not even the Lord. I want you to know you are not alone, and that is why I want to share something very personal with you today.

A few months back, my wife was hit with a season of storms. First, she got in a very bad car accident which could have taken her life. God spared her, but she endured some injuries. When she went to the ER to have everything checked, the doctor found a suspicious mass. As a result, she had more follow up testing done, and we came to find out that she had cancer. I want to share with you today that although the diagnosis shocked us, my wife responded without any fear. I watched the woman who has stood beside me all these years respond once again with complete confidence in the Lord. Despite what she was facing, her desire to serve the Lord and trust in Him didn’t waver. Watching my wife stand strong in the face of adversity on a very personal level was an encouragement and a testimony to me of her walk with the Lord.

As I look back, I can see that God used the car accident to help us catch her cancer in its early stages. Had the car accident not happened, who knows if we would have caught the cancer during a treatable stage or not. Even in the hardship, God showed us His hand. Believer, I do not know what storms you are weathering today. You may be ready to cast aside any thoughts of God’s love for you. The concept that God is in control and that He knows the best course for your life may be a hard thing to swallow right now. I encourage you to keep on keeping on. There is a purpose for the problems, a balm to heal the pain, and an end to the storm. Remember Who pilots your ship, and take some time today to cast your burdens on Him. Give Him your greatest fears, your biggest heartaches, and realize He holds you in the palm of His hand. He will never let you go. He is your shelter in the storm if you will simply allow Him to be.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder