PSALM 25-30 For He commands and raises the stormy wind, which lifts up the waves of the sea.

26. Those aboard mount up to the heavens, they go down again to the deeps; their courage melts away because of their plight.

27. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit’s end — all their wisdom has come to nothing.

28. Then they cry to the Lord in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses.

29. He hushes the storm to a calm and gentle whisper, so that the waves of of the sea are still.

30. Then the men are glad because of the calm, and He brings them to their desired haven. Amp.

Definition

Overcome -d) to get the better of in competition, etc.; conquer, to suppress, prevail over, as overcome obstacles, to win.

This is the perfect picture of the trials in our life. We know God makes the storm clouds come. He brings the rain, the lightning and the wind. It says, that He lifts up the waves of the sea and then calms them down again. Then He is the only one who can bring about the calm in our life.

I believe when Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water, looked away from Jesus and started to sink, that Jesus was showing Peter his lack of faith. Peter had the greatest trial of his life when he denied Jesus three times. This was not cause for Peter to be condemned like I am sure he was, but for his perfecting. He had to overcome the fear in his heart and the Lord was helping him to do so.

We all love times of refreshing when all is peaceful. But we know how so many in the Bible have gone through the storms and were changed. We are no different. We need the storms of life to show us what is in our heart. Peter had no clue that he would deny Jesus. He said that he would follow Him to the death. I am sure that he wanted to. But he was not prepared for what he saw.

Revelation 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things: and I will be His God and he shall be My son.

The Lord knows what we are going to face and what we need. The Lord overcame all the powers of the enemy so we could win the battles we face. We can sit down and not fight if we choose. We can live a life of ease and not resist the enemy, but we will stay in that place of our wit’s end with no courage, staggering like a drunkard. Is that what anyone wants?

Psalm 107 is saying that in the storm, they are at their wit’s end and all their wisdom has come to nothing. When they see that they do not have what they need to get through the storm, they cry out to God and He brings them out of their distresses. Peter knew he could not do what he said he would do and it broke his heart. He loved Jesus but did not have the courage he needed.

This pain caused him to come to the end of himself and see his great need for the power of the Holy Spirit that was on its way to him and the disciples. The Lord does not force His way into our heart. We must see just what we need and bring those needs to Him in faith. The trials just gives us that needed push.

The rest of Psalm 107 says that men should praise the Lord for His loving kindness, goodness and wonderful works. He blesses them and continually raises them from affliction. To praise Him and to be thankful in our trouble is always the quickest way out of any trial .

The end of the matter is: A life lived without the trials and storms sent from above is not the blessed life. We need the storms of life if we are serious about our walk. He wants us to be overcomers. We simply cannot overcome without a conflict to overcome.

Let us praise and thank Him for the trials and ask for the help we so desperately need.

POEM — STREAMS IN THE DESERT

Not until each loom is silent,

And the crossthreads cease to fly,

Will God unroll the pattern

And explain the reason why,

The dark threads are as needful

In the Weaver’s skillful hand,

As the threads of Gold and silver

For the pattern He has planned.

SONG — YET WILL I PRAISE THEE — LEAD ME TO THE ROCK — KENT HENRY

MY REFRUGE

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