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3 Bible Verses for the Storms of Life

By Kevin Beirne

President, Bethel Bible Village

Kevin has led Bethel Bible Village since February, 2016. He previously held executive leadership roles with Boy Scouts of America for over 26 years. A graduate of Austin Peay State University, Kevin is an active member of Eastwood Church and a Director of his Rotary Club of Chattanooga-Hamilton Place. At home, he is a devoted husband and father to two sons.

I’m not sure which was more difficult to watch this past weekend: The devastation of Hurricane Matthew or the political firestorm that surrounded the presidential debate. Both storms can leave you feeling shaken, if you forget who is on control.

Who Can We Trust?

In the book of Matthew, the disciples encountered a terrible storm while out in a boat. But when Jesus commanded the storm and the waves to be still, they became perfectly calm.

The Bible says “The men were amazed and asked “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” Matthew 8:27 (NIV)

Then, as now, He is the only one who deserves our trust.

Empowered in the Storm

Here at Bethel, one of the most rewarding moments I see is when a child or teen in our care understands just who “that man” is.

They light up. They feel empowered. And they begin to look at the broken circumstances and storms in their lives in a whole new way.

Promises for the Storm

Whether you are facing a personal storm in your life this week, or struggling to understand the storm that faces our nation, here are three of God’s promises to focus on.

1.God is with you in life’s storms

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.”

Psalm 46:1-2 (NIV)           

2. God hears you when you cry out to Him

“Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress.” Psalm 107:28

3. God is your faithful protector

“…The Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.” Thessalonians 3:2-3 (NIV)

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