Storm Chaser • Devotion #1: Enduring the Storm
Jill Osmon | Assistant to the Lead Pastor
Enduring a storm is difficult; the kind of difficult that breaks men and women. Enduring a storm can seem impossible. Then God brings people into our lives; people, who try to help us endure storms, get through storms, and then thrive after the storm. Those people, the ones that speak into lives of people enduring a storm, that is whom I want to speak to for a bit today.
In the Bible, Job went through a pretty intense season in his life. He lost everything; I cannot imagine his pain and devastation that he endured. Job had a lot of friends surrounding him, with A LOT of opinions. Most giving some pretty terrible advice. His friends were going as far as telling him just to die because his life was so miserable. One friend had been sitting quietly, waiting, and listening to all that the others had to say, and he could not stay quiet any longer. His name was Elihu.
Elihu gave the perfect balance of love and truth; he did not allow Job to wallow in his circumstances, but he also gave Job solid advice. He goes on for a few chapters, and he has some difficult conversations with Job’s friends and with Job. He did not diminish the storm Job was in, but he also stood firm in who God is. Job 37:14 says, “Hear this, O Job; stop and consider the wondrous works of God.” We have to remember to point people to God during their storm. Self-help, self-esteem, self-whatever, does not help if they do not recognize that God is in control, and He is “our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling” (Psalm 46:1-3). Elihu reminds Job who he is and Whom he belongs to. Although it seems simple, this simple fact brings a sense of peace and calm that only God can bring.
We will all have opportunities to help others through a storm and to endure a storm. We must be prepared to have some difficult conversations. The most important part of helping others through storms is to point them to God every single time.