It’s inevitable, if you’ve ever ventured outside in your life, you’ve most likely either seen a storm or have actually been in one. For us, in our line of work, nearly continuous traversing the roads of the USA ensures that we experience storms. Rain storms, thunder storms, wind storms, snow storms, and even blizzards are some of the conditions we’ve driven through. We thank God that we have not been subjected to a tornado or hurricane.
We’ve seldom shut the truck down because of adverse conditions. I vividly remember one particular run we did for the Broadway show Finding Neverland, between Denver, Colorado and Portland, Oregon. Winter weather required us to stop at the bottom of a mountain pass in the middle of a big snowstorm to put chains on our tires, so that we could get through the pass. We stood in the biting bitter cold wind, battling the heavy falling snow working together to carefully install each set of chains on the tires of our tractor and trailer. We knew that failure to install those chains correctly could mean the difference between delivering our load on time, or ending up in a wreck. We’ve driven through Wyoming in the winter under highway signs that advised us about slick road conditions and road closures, and we’ve had to stop about every 30 minutes so that we could knock the accumulated ice off our windshield wiper blades (that’s when we discovered heated wiper blades, and bought a pair soon thereafter 😃). And, we have shut the truck down when we determined that the conditions were too dangerous for us to chance driving further. Fortunately for us, we only get caught up in storms occasionally.
From personal experience, I can say that storms are unsettling, and as much as I would like to avoid them, I know that there are times when I simply cannot. Therefore, I usually do my best to be prepared for them. Even so, there are times when I am caught unaware, as if entering a sudden wind storm while driving down the interstate highway at 70 miles (113 km) per hour. The Apostle Peter warns us: “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8, ESV) It’s for sure that the enemy will bring whatever storms he can into our lives to derail our faith and tarnish our witness.
Experience has also taught me that we cannot withstand the storm in and of itself under our own power, we need God’s help and guidance to sustain us and get us through the storm. The Apostle Paul tells us how:
11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.
16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;
17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,
18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, (Ephesians 6:10, ESV)
So the armor of God prepares us for the battle. With it we can stand firm, with it we can defeat the enemy. But, that’s not all we can do. With God’s armor He protects us and brings us to victory just like King David in the Old Testament. We can attack and defeat the enemy. We are assured of the victory through our personal relationship with the King of Kings. We don’t just withstand the storm, we are transformed – we become the storm! And, our storm is more powerful than any storm that the enemy can send our way.
“In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, ESV)
“no weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD and their vindication from me, declares the LORD.” (Isaiah 54:17, ESV)