Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day. (Psalm 25:4-5, NKJV, emphasis added)
God will show you your path amongst a storm or trouble, and this through waiting.
Storms, tribulations, trials, and troubles are guaranteed in the Christian experience (John 16:33; Romans 8:35; Romans 12:12; 1 Peter 4:2). There is no place in Scripture where it is taught the believer will be removed from any situation that is trying or difficult. The clear teaching of the Word of God is that despite circumstances the Lord will get us through by providing a path to take to make us better for going through the situation (Romans 5:3-5). This is where much of our character is developed (Acts 14:22; 2 Corinthians 8:2; 1 Peter 1:7). We need to use these difficult situations to make us kingdom focused, those who wait on God, saints, knowing that He will guide us through the rough waters of circumstances for His glory. The loving Father has our best interests at heart – we can depend on His faithfulness in His plan, or path for our lives.
Uphold my steps in Your paths, that my footsteps may not slip. I have called upon You, for you will hear me, O God. (Psalm 17:5-6, NKJV)
Uphold means to grasp, hold, and to support. God Himself reaches out to us to support us when going through difficult circumstances. It is hard to fall if while being held by the Lord. To paraphrase a song: we can only escape through the nail prints in His hands. We can leave His grasp, but that is our choice. Choose to stay in His loving grasp.
The voice of Your thunder was in the whirlwind; the lightnings lit up the world; the earth trembled and shook. Your way was in the sea, Your path in the great waters. (Psalm 77:18-19, NKJV)
Thus says the LORD, who makes a way in the sea and a path through the mighty waters. (Isaiah 43:16, NKJV)
The Lord’s way was in the sea tells us it is often God’s will for us to go through difficult circumstances, and as mentioned before, this is promised in Scripture. The circumstance is not necessarily bad or evil. What we concentrate on should not be our circumstances. What we must focus on is what God is in His nature, and that being the loving Father, our Protector. The Lord is bigger than any circumstances and He always has a plan. God is never taken by surprise because He knows all. The loving Father will make a path for those who wait on Him.
When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then You knew my path. In the way in which I walk they have secretly set a snare for me. (Psalm 142:3, NKJV)
What we are feeling within ourselves is not what drives us. We may feel overwhelmed, but in reality we are on the path God has allowed for us. We cannot be fooled by emotions because they often lie. The truth is the Lord is with us…always.
Oh, what wonderful promises we have been given in these passages from God’s Word. With the Lord guiding us we cannot slip along the path despite our circumstances. God has His ear closely to us as we go through life to answer when we call. The Lord is in every storm as it often benefits us as we yield to Him to go through the storm. God may not have caused the storm, but He has allowed its presence for our character development. Even in high water His path can be found. When overwhelmed with circumstance the Lord knows the path we should follow – seek His path amongst the storm. God will help us when the Enemy wants to trip us up and sets traps for us. The Lord makes a way for us in the sea and in the waters; in the storm He is there; when there is trouble He is there. Wait upon God for His direction at all times with an expectation of hope, clear or stormy. The person of Christian character waits for the Lord because he will sink on his own (see Matthew 14:22-33; Mark 6:45-52; John 6:15-21; Matthew 8:23-27; Mark 4:35-41: and Luke 8:22-25).
Learn to approach circumstances from the point of view of Scripture: they are used by God to shape you. When circumstances come pray that the Lord shows you His path. Call out to the loving Father and ask Him to keep you in His grasp through the storm. Wait upon God with great hope.