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Written by Ir. David Kurniadi for Bapak Marco   
Friday, 10 March 2017 07:14

We will continue to face changes during our lives. The only thing that doesn’t change is the change itself. Change is a necessity as long as we live within the scope of time, because time brings changes. 


Changes that occur in our lives frequently in the form of “storm.” It causes turbulence in our lives. We have to learn how to response our “storm,” whether we should “dance” or “be still and peace.”


Life is not just waiting for the storm to pass, but of how to dance or be still in the midst of the storm.


In facing the storm we need to holdfast to the Word of God, because in it we will find God’s promises and plans. By understanding the Word of God, and get the “Rhema” from it, we would not walk in the darkness of ignorance and incomprehension. One of the scripture we could use as our guide is Romans 8:28. Let us learn furthermore about this scripture and connect it with our storm.


“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).


“We know.” How do we know? It could be from our own experience or from other people experience.


What do we know? “That in all things God …” God is behind of everything that happened. There is nothing happens by chance or by accident. God is in control of our lives. Life doesn’t run wild without God’s control. God is the Source of our lives and our strength. He is God Almighty and He loves us. That is the most important fact.


“In all things” means in all of our situation and condition, including our “storms.”

God allows the storm to hit our lives as a process to mold us that we may become what He wants us to be.


“In all things God works…” Why does God work in all things? It’s because the storm is something or some situation that beyond our capacity and ability to handle it. We cannot handle the storm without God’s help and depend upon our own strength. Only God’s power that beyond our situation and condition. God works in our storm that we might not become its victim, instead we could “riding the storm,” overcoming our situation and gain a victory.


“For the good of those …” It means that the storm is not to destroy us but to make us stronger, more depend on Him, tasting how sweet it is to walk with Him (even sometimes with many tears), taking us into the higher level and becoming more like His Son.


“Those who love Him.” This promise is not without a condition. This Scripture is not for every one, but only for those “who love Him.” And who are those who love Him? Jesus explained in John 14:21:


“He who has my commandments and keeps it is the one who loves me” (John 14:21).


So, those who love God are those who “have and keeps” God’s Words. For them is the promise in Romans 8:28 applies.


Keeping the Lord’s commandments means focusing or setting our mind toward His commands and His will to do it. If we set or focusing our mind toward other things outside the Scripture then we will not do God’s commandments. So, obeying God’s commandments is a matter of focusing or setting our mind.


For instance is the story about Peter who walked upon the water (Matthew 14:28-31). Peter wanted to walk upon the water. It’s an impossible act that man can do. Therefore Peter needed a word of God that will command him to do it. Then Peter asked Jesus: “Lord, if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water” (verse 28). Then Jesus said: “Come!” (Verse 29).


Peter could do the Lord’s command only when he set his mind and his eyes unto Jesus. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus (verse 29). But then, when Peter turned his eyes from Jesus unto the boisterous of the wind he was afraid and began to sink (verse 30); he failed to do the Lord’s command.


When we continually focus our mind and eyes unto Jesus, then we will be able and more able to do the word of God. And when we do the Word of God, we actually love Him. But when we set our eyes and mind unto other things outside God’s Word then we will fail to do it, instead we will do the things against the Word of God.


“Who have been called …” This is another condition for Romans 8:28 to be effective. Jesus calls us to enter and experience His plans. He has plans for us, and He is able and faithful.


What are His plans for us?


“For I know the plans I have for you, the plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11)


“The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:24).


Thus, now after we have the Scripture as a firm foundation that gives us guarantee from God in facing our storms, we will learn how to act when the storm is coming in our lives. There are two types of attitude that we can have, depending upon the causing of the storm; whether we will “dance” in the midst of the storm, or “be still and peace.” We will take a lesson from two different cases: the experience of David and the apostle Peter.


The case of David when facing Goliath, the giant (1 Samuel 17:4-7, 42):


We have often heard and discussed about the battle between David against Goliath. We always regard that Goliath is superior that made the battle between David and Goliath as unequal. Then, why did God confront David with Goliath? It’s because God knew Goliath’s weaknesses. God knows every detail of the storm He allows to confront us. He calculated carefully to make it appropriate with the preparation He has made and the strength He has imparted within us.   


“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).


Goliath actually had physical weaknesses, but all this time we only see his physical size. He was 3.2 meters height and his stature was like a giant and wore a great armor. He came forth with bronze javelin and his shield bearer went ahead of him (1 Samuel 17:4-7). From this description we see the superiority of Goliath that he became an unequal rival for David. But God knew the weaknesses of Goliath and God knew David would be able to face him.


Goliath, whose stature like giant, was actually suffered a hormonal disorder that made him grew like a giant. He suffered an over production of growth hormone; it is called “Acromegaly.” His giant stature made him slow though he was powerful. Goliath was also visually impaired. He could not see clearly at the long distance object. We can see this from the fact in 1 Samuel 17:43 that Goliath saw David held “staves” in his hand, though in fact David only held one staff. This proved that Goliath had poor eyesight.  That’s why he needed a shield bearer to guide him and he preferred short distance fighting one on one using his physical stature and strength advantages.


“And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that you come to me with staves?” (1 Samuel 17:43)


So, behind his giant stature and his great armor, God saw his weaknesses: his impaired eyesight that made him could only fight at a close range.


On the contrary David had a smaller body, able to move quickly and easily. David also well trained in using a sling. Many Israelites were skilled in using a sling. In Judges 20:16 we read that there were men that could sling stones at a hairbreadth and not miss. God had trained David when he kept his father’s sheep. That was when he fought a lion or a bear, which attacked his sheep. David slung stone on them, and when they collapsed he killed them (1 Samuel 17:34-37). Of course God had helped him in conquering those beasts (verse 37).


God used David’s skill in slinging stones. With his experience from God, David had a confident he could defeat Goliath (verse 36) with his skill. That was why he refused to use king Saul’s armor and weapon, because it was not his expertise and made him difficult to move (verse 38-39).  


So, when confronting Goliath, God already gave him “a way out” (1 Corinthians 10:13) that was his skill in slinging the stones to make David could “endure” and win the battle. Goliath became a “common challenge, not exceeding his power and ability.”


David took five smooth stones out of the brook (verse 40). The slung stone can streak at the speed of 120 km/hour. That means it can reach the distance of 30 meters just in one second. The stones were consisted of “Barium Sulphate” that had high density and gave very high impact that could break the skull. It means David can fight against Goliath from a long distance of 30 meters range, while this was what Goliath can’t do. Goliath wanted a short range fighting. 


David slung the stone and smote Goliath at his forehead that was unprotected by his helmet (verse 49). Goliath fell upon his face on earth and suffered brain concussion because of the stone that sunk into his forehead. David took this chance. He ran and stood upon Goliath, drew Goliath’s sword from its sheath and cut off his head (verse 51). So, with his skill, David had beaten down his giant rival. God used David’s skill and prepared David for this battle. 


What lesson we can take from this story? Goliath is like “storm” that God permits to confront us without our expectation. David didn’t expect to meet Goliath, but God allowed it (verse 17-27). David was there because his father, Jesse asked him to visit his brothers who were with king Saul in the battlefield. It was a coincident that he met Goliath there when Goliath was challenging the Israelite soldier to fight one on one with him. But God had prepared David for this long before it happened. God had trained David while he kept his father sheep by confronting him with lion and bear that attacked his sheep. God had prepared “the way out” for David if he should face Goliath: his skill and his experience. So when the storm confronted him, David could “dance in the midst of the storm,” exercising his skill that God had given him.


Now, let us learn from “the storm” that confronted Peter.


The Lord Jesus had already warned Peter before the storm confronted him. Jesus said to Peter: “Truly I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times” (Matthew 26:34).


Jesus knew that Satan wanted him so much to make Peter fell by the storm that about to happen.


Jesus said to Peter: “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat” (Luke 22:31).


But Jesus had prayed for Peter that he might overcome his “storm.”


“But I have prayed for you, that your faith fail not; and when you are converted, strengthen your brother” (Luke 22:32)



Peter didn’t believe that he could fail. He had confident in his own strength that he would not fail. Peter answered Jesus: “Even I have to die with you, I will never disown you” (Matthew 26:35).


Then Peter acted according to his ego. He brought the sword and cut the ear of the high priest servant named Malchus when a detachment of soldiers and the temple guards came to arrest Jesus (John. 18:3-11).


But then, not long after, Peter disowned Jesus three times. The first time Peter just disowned Jesus (Matthew 26:70); the second time he disowned with an oath (verse 72); and the third time Peter denied and swore and called down curse (verse 74). After that the Lord Jesus turned and looked straight at Peter (Luke 22:61). Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him. And he went outside and wept bitterly (verse 62).


Peter remembered that Jesus had told him before about the storm that would confront him. Peter realized his fault and repented with contrite heart (Luke 22:62). Peter felt so guilty that he decided to return as fisherman. He felt unworthy as the Lord’s disciples (John 21:3).


But Jesus’ love for Peter was so great. Peter met again with Jesus when he was fishing at the Sea of Galilee and caught nothing (verse 3). This was God’s arrangement to heal Peter’s broken heart.


Jesus stood on the shore and called out to Peter and the other disciples who were with him, asking whether they had fish. Jesus knew they caught nothing. And then Jesus asked them to throw their net on the right side of the boat. When they did they caught a large number of fish. This was “Jesus’ signature.” He reminded them about Himself. And John who went fishing with Peter immediately knew it was Jesus and told Peter. When Peter realized that it was Jesus he became groggy. Though the boat was not far from the shore Peter jumped into the water and he wore his clothes before jumping. But this was because Peter’s heart was full of guilt and shame.


The Lord Jesus knew exactly Peter’s heart situation. And the Lord wanted to mend Peter’s broken heart and restore the relationship. Then Jesus took the initiative and opens the opportunity for Peter.


Jesus then began to open the conversation with Peter. In this conversation Jesus didn’t talk about what Peter had done to him. Jesus even didn’t mention or rebuke Peter for his denials. Actually in his denials Peter was at the similar situation as Judas, but Judas took a short cut to solve his guilt and shame by killing himself (Matthew 27:3-5).


The Lord Jesus was not angry at all with Peter. Jesus just asked Peter whether he still loved Him (John 21:15). Peter answered Jesus that he still loved Jesus. Then Jesus gave him a task and responsibility to take care of the Lord’s lambs and sheep: His church. This was the way in which Jesus restores somebody who repents from his sins and yet occupied with guilt and shame, by giving him responsibility.


The Lord Jesus repeated the same questions to Peter whether he still loved Him. And Peter gave the same answers that he truly loved the Lord. But at the third time Jesus asked Peter, he began to grief in his heart, because he remembered that he had disowned Christ three times. Then Peter began to admit his fault and said to Jesus that the Lord knew everything. Jesus used indirect way to Peter to make him confess about his sins. This is important thing for forgiveness of sins (1 John 1:9). Here we see the meekness of our Lord that He didn’t want to rebuke or ask directly to Peter about his sins. Peter also replied with indirect way. He just said that the Lord knew everything. The Lord knew exactly that he has disowned the Lord three times and his heart was full of contrition. Jesus waited for Peter confession because this is important for receiving God’s forgiveness. And Jesus wanted that the confession came out willingly from the deep of his heart, this will settle the problem of sins (Isaiah 1:18).


Finally Peter was restored completely. He was successfully passed his storm. And the way Peter passing his storm was by being “still” not taking any foolish action like Judas; confessing his faults and humble himself at the feet of the Lord. By this we could see “the breadth, and length, and depth, and height” the love of Christ that passes human knowledge (Ephesians 3:18-19).


The profile of the storm that could come into our lives consists of two parts: “Preparation before the storm” and “When the storm is ragging.”


Before the storm came in our lives, the Lord has made a preparation. He carefully looked at the detail of the storm that it may fit and not beyond our strength to bear it (1 Corinthians 10:13). Since God has seen and known it obviously we will be safe and will survive if we pass our storm according to the word of God. God also has prepared the way out for us that is the ability and the training He has given us before.


“It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; He causes me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze” (Psalms 18:32-34).


And then we go into the storm. In the beginning of the storm we must know for sure that God does not loose His hands on us and He will not, instead He works in the storm for our good (Romans 8:28). He allows the storm for our goodness, that we may more depend upon Him and we may step into the higher level. We also must know that God has already looked at the detail of the storm that will confront us, and He has prepared the way out.


Then, when the storm is ragging we also must know whether it’s caused by our mistake that our failure is taking part in causing the storm, like in the case of Peter. Or, this just happened beyond our expectation, like in the case of David.



If the storm confronts us like in the case of David, then go into the storm and “dance” within the storm because God has given you His strength to conquer it. We can say: “I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me” (Philippians 4:13).


“Before I was afflicted I went astray” (Psalms 119:67)


But, if we know that there is our mistake that cause or contribute in the storm (sometimes we know it deep in our heart that it will happen as the consequences of our deed), then we must take the following action according to the Scripture:


“This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it” (Isaiah 30:15).


We must repent and don’t take any foolish action like Judas, which will worsen the situation. But humble yourself before God and shed your tears with contrite heart under His feet. Confess your sins and mistakes, and God will help you and restore you:


“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sins and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).


If we have done this, then “be still and silent” in your storm, live it through the end, because after this you will be restored and promotion will come.


“It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees” (Psalms 119:71).


At the end of the storm, those who hope in the Lord in the midst of their storm will receive their strength; they will soar on wings like an eagle, ridding the storm. They will not grow weary nor be faint (Isaiah 40:31). Amen!


(Thank you Rev. Marco).


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