But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water.
Have you ever heard a believer ask, ‘What am I doing wrong for me to have so many challenges?” I have. They don’t realise that, in fact, it’s precisely because you’re in the will of God, that some storms will arise.
As a rule, we are not persecuted for being wrong but for being right! Please, dear saint, don’t give up simply because you’re facing storms of resistance, opposition or criticism. The Lord prepares a table before you in the presence of your enemies, not in their absence (Psalm 23:5)!
Therefore the intensity of adversity often indicates the readiness of your table. When storms of unjustified attacks arise against you, don’t panic and throw in the towel. Don’t quit ministry, fellowship and smiling! Don’t be bitter. Rather, “count it all joy when you fall into various trials” (James 1:2).
Jesus says, “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matthew 5:11-12). May that revelation take root in your heart, come what may! May faith and joy arise from within you whatever the enemy throws at you. God loves you and will take you through the storm if He doesn’t calm its fury.