Pastor Tony Clark from Virginia delivered a sermon at California’s Harvest megachurch on Sunday, sharing two reasons why Jesus allows storms in believers’ lives. How Christians come through those storms determines how they worship God, he said.
There are two main reasons why God allows storms in believers’ lives, Clark, pastor of Calvary Chapel Newport News in Virginia, told the congregation after Harvest pastor Greg Laurie introduced him to his congregation.
There are “storms of correction,” Clark shared, using the example of Jonah from the Old Testament.
Jonah knows this storm, the pastor said. God asked him to go and preach to the Ninevites, who were known to be cruel people, he added, explaining that Jonah perhaps didn’t want God to forgive such people.
In today’s context, it could be something like God asking a Christian to go to the Islamic State terror group in Syria and Iraq to preach the Gospel, Clark said.
Jonah got into a boat and started in a different direction, and “God sent a storm of correction,” he told the congregation.
A good thing about a storm of correction is that God creates a “fish” to swallow us and then spit us out on the land where we were supposed to go from the start, the pastor explained.
There are also “storms of protection,” the pastor said, defining it as a storm that God allows “to blow into our lives to protect us from something that would harm us spiritually.”
Clark read Matthew 14:22, 23: “Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone.”
He asked why did God urge His disciples to get into a boat and go away immediately after feeding 5,000 men? “What was so urgent?”
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SOURCE: Christian Post – Anugrah Komar