Storm Chaser • Devotion #2: Gratitude
Jill Osmon | Assistant to the Lead Pastor
Psalm 107:28-32 says, “Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! Let them extol him in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.”
There are many conversations about how to get through the storm, how to endure it, but we do not usually talk about what we do after the storm. What happens when we survive? What does God expect of us on the other side? I know gratitude is the last thing that usually goes with a storm. Storms are devastating, they can destroy your life, and they can radically change your life. So how can we be grateful at the end?
Gratitude changes you. Think about it… when you are grateful your entire perspective changes. You see actions in a different light; you are more forgiving, more loving, and more Christ-like. However, gratitude is not a natural reaction for us; we have to strive for it. If we do not strive for gratefulness, we are useless. It says in Romans 1:21, “For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” An ungrateful heart is a heart open to bitterness, anger, worry, hate, and much more. When we go through a storm, we as humans can immediately become embittered because our perspective has been battered and abused. Gratefulness protects us. It allows us to gain a perspective that is focused on God and understanding that He is in control. It allows us to learn and teach from our storms.
God commands us to be grateful to protect us from our feeble human reactions. Be grateful, especially after a storm. Allow God to show us the what, the why, the deep down lessons that we need to learn through our storms. Gratitude allows that. It opens us up to being used by Him. Isn’t that the most amazing thing to be done? To have our storms used to help others, to change us to be better ambassadors for Him.