The Purpose of Storms

The common saying "What doesn't kill you will make you stronger" is simply not true. A storm cannot make you stronger. Have you ever seen a massive wind storm make a building's roof stronger? Of course not! That's because the nature of a storm is destructive not constructive. So, where does the thinking "what doesn't kill you will make you stronger" come from? What is it talking about? 828046be4ce68ca362a9019de4d0

A storm has the ability to test the strength of facility. If there are leaks in a roof, a rain storm will reveal them. If there is structural weakness in a foundation, the storm will reveal that weakness. That's the purpose of a personal storm as well. It will test you and will reveal to you where your leaks are. It will reveal the cracks in your foundation. Once these weaknesses are revealed, you then have the choice to repair that area and improve on your weaknesses.

That's the purpose of a storm - to reveal your blind spots and weaknesses. What you do with that revelation is then up to you. Some crumble under the weight of a storm and refuse to acknowledge their leaks and guess what? Just like an unrepaired leak on a roof will eventually cause more damage and destruction, so will an ignored weakness in your life. It will not just go away and if it is left unattended for a long period of time it will eventually cause you more damage and pain.

That's why James, the brother of Jesus wrote this in James 1:2-4 (Msg)

"Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way."

When you are in the middle of a storm, it certainly doesn't feel like a "sheer gift" does it? No one enjoys facing storms. Yet, when you understand that the purpose of a storm is to reveal your blind spots so that you can address them, you will come to appreciate the storms you face.  And in time, you might even come to appreciate them as the "sheer gift" James talks about.

I'd encourage you to reflect on the storms you have faced in your life. What have they revealed to you? What weaknesses were exposed? Did you address those weaknesses? Have you become stronger because of the storm or because you addressed a "leak" you didn't know existed before the storm?  Did you leave the "leak" unattended? If so, maybe now is a good time to address it. Because, if you leave it unattended another storm will come and will probably do greater damage than the last one to the leaks not addressed.

I'd encourage you to understand the purpose of the storms in your life and come to enjoy them for what they can do for you.

Question: What storm are you facing right now? What leak has it revealed? What are you going to do about it?