We might face the storms of life a lot differently if we knew how they were going to turn out in the end. A fierce storm caught a family by surprise as they sailed out on the ocean. After hours of fighting to steer the boat through the crashing waves, the father assigned his young son to the captain’s wheel. As calmly as he could, he told him to guide the boat until morning came. In the meantime, the father and mother retreated into the safety of the boat’s cabin.

What the man didn’t tell his son was the fact that he and his wife had given up all hope of survival through the storm. When the young man saw his parents go back into the cabin, he thought he had nothing to worry about, so he stayed at his post and guided the boat until the storm calmed down. The thought that his parents weren’t worried (even though it was not reality) gave him peace of mind just as if they had been right there beside him.

The reality for Christians is that God isn’t worried in our storms. He hasn’t given up on our difficult situations. In fact, He is right there beside us, guiding us through them and using them to accomplish His will for us. Our biggest test is to trust Him. If we forget this, we will succumb to fear, worry, and doubt. We can’t let that happen.

Are you going through a fierce storm right now? Maybe you found out you are going to lose your job this year. You are disappointed, fearful of the future, and maybe even a little bit angry about the situation. You feel like no one else understands what you’re going through — you’re in it all alone. God understands. He is with you. He will guide you through your storm — just trust Him.

Trust in yourself, and you are doomed to disappointment. Trust in your friends, and they will die and leave you. Trust in money, and you may have it taken away from you. Trust in reputation, and some slanderous tongues will blast it. But trust in God, and you are never to be confounded in time or in eternity. — D. L. Moody

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder