No Storm Lasts Forever

Here is a quote I read on the fb wall of a friend, Donny McCuien. “Perseverance is what happens when you go through a storm with the understanding that storm’s don’t last forever.”

My way has been paved with challenges. Often I have wondered how I made it to this point or that point. But I have found that Donny McCuien’s statement is true. No storm, no matter the fierceness, no storm lasts forever.

Hold on for one more day. Don’t lose your mind. Don’t compromise your values.

You might be fighting for your life without the empathy or encouragement of a single person. But you are not alone. You have not been abandoned.

These challenges have come to spotlight on your inner greatness.

Please hold on and very soon, you will be looking back from a distance at the masterpiece of God.

Because, His plans don’t usually make sense while they are working together for your good.

Only after the storm has passed, can you comprehend why He does what He does.

The Bible says, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NKJV)

Post a short description of your deepest concerns, needs, and desires, and I will pray for you today.

Here is the perfect song for this message. Lifehouse, Storm

With much love,

Chuck

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16 thoughts on “No Storm Lasts Forever

  1. Hi Chuck,
    I’ve been a Christian for 30 years and married 23. I am a church planter/pastor and am presently in a storm many Christians would NOT endure. The difficulty is in waiting for this storm to pass. God has literally turned my entire life into ash, I believe, just for the sake of testing. I am trusting He will lead in triumphal procession.
    Thanks for your post today!
    -Jerry A

    • Pastor Jerry, I’m praying for you this afternoon. Mostly because I can feel the pain in your heart from your words on the screen. Here is a section from my new book,

      Make Me A Legend, chapter 15
      Humility Is Simple For The Humiliated Person

      Up to this point, I have had my equal share of high successes and low failures—and everything in between! Since going into full-time ministry ten-plus years ago, I have been hunted, humiliated, and smashed to pieces. Believe me, I have died a thousand deaths to remain in my life calling—that’s not an exaggeration.

      In May 2009, I was two months into the worst betrayal of my life. There has never been a close second. From my perspective, that situation was on a biblical scale much like the stories of Absalom betraying David, or Judas Iscariot betraying Jesus Christ. Things were so painful that I could not see a single flicker of light in my tunnel of horror. There was one particular day during that unbearable time, when I had been hiding under the sheets of my bed, crying for most of the morning. Around noon, I fumbled my way into the bathroom, fell to my knees, then down to my face—and all alone on my bathroom floor, I wailed like a dying animal.

      Somehow, I wound up in fetal position; the room was spinning in circles and I felt like I was having a massive heart attack. The pain was so intense; I hurled my puke onto the floor because I could not make it to the toilet. If I could have gotten to the phone, I would have called for an ambulance. During that time, I told my wife one night, “Honey, I’m losing my mind! This pressure is so intense, I’m scared I might just flip out, strip down naked, run out into the road, and dance around like a chicken until the police pick me up.” Have you ever known this kind of pain before?

      Oh, please don’t feel bad for me. I didn’t die that day. Just when I thought I would never see the outside of that master bathroom again, God knelt down in my vomit, took me into His arms, and held me close until that storm passed. Just like the poem, “Footprints in the Sand,” I look back to that time from today, and all I can see is one set of footprints.

      I am writing to you from the blessing side of that dark trial. The pain that came to kill me definitely made me better! Not just then, but every time in my life when it seemed like I was kicked down so low that I would never be able to rise from the ashes of my destruction—by an act of God, I lived to see a better day. Rejection creates humility, and humility arouses grace. “…God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6 NIV). God does give grace to the humble—and there is nothing like a vicious betrayal to humble a person!

      Humility is simple for a humiliated person. Every time we make it out of a dark valley alive, we see more clearly the benefits of brokenness. What is happening in us is always far more significant than anything that is happening to us. Apostle Paul wrote about the hidden value of painful circumstances. He said:

      That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)

      There is so much more in chapter 15 and 16 about specifically what you’re going through. I’m praying for your survival… and for your greater blessing on the other side of whatever you’re going through! 🙂

      Chuck

      • A brother born for adversity! Thank you so much for your genuineness. I’m praying for you as well and look forward to reading your book!
        *2 Cor 1:3-6

  2. My mum has breast cancer and we found out while I was doing rather important exams a few months ago. She is going for her last chemo in two weeks, but she is looking great. We just have such a positive outlook on it, because at least we have today with her. We dont worry about tomorrow, we’ll worry about that when we get there. Yes, it hasn’t been easy, but I still say and believe God did it so I could realise what my mum means to me. I don’t take her for granted anymore like I used to.
    Thanks for this post, and the reminder 🙂

    • Deborah, your trusting and peaceful attitude in the face of so much challenge… it inspires me like you can’t imagine. I’m praying for you mum this afternoon. Maybe I will meet her when I am in your country! Thanks for commenting. 🙂

  3. Wow! Thank you so much for this. I am in a place of waiting. It’s been several months, and I know God has spoken, but I am just waiting on Him to fulfill His promises for me. This is easily the hardest season of trust for me. I can’t say God has not been there for me, but in this season He has been very still. I guess I’m just asking for strength and peace in this season. I know it will pass, and I pray that I will have learned all that He will have wanted me to learn. It’s funny as I write on my blog, because I know I will be able to look back some day and see that God was there all along. So thank you again for this reminder. This isn’t forever.

  4. Thanks Chuck. This is just what Joseph and I have needed to hear. We are in a storm right now and at times, it feels like we aren’t going to make it. Things just seem to be getting worse and worse to the point where we don’t feel like our heads are above water anymore.

    I think Louis’ post above says exactly how I’ve been feeling lately. God has shown Joseph and I things to come, so we know we will get past this. It’s just very hard at times when you go day by day yet nothing changes and you’re still in the same situation as you were the day before. I know that God is always there and by our side. As Louis mentioned, “…but in this season, He has been very still.” That’s just how I feel. Kind of like Job.

    • Dawn,
      Sometimes God wants us to weather the storm in His grace (stand still and see the salvation of the Lord),
      Sometimes God wants us to confront the storm in prayer and warfare (stand up in our troubled boat and say, “Peace, be still!”),
      Sometimes God wants us to walk through the storm to somewhere else (Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…)
      Sometimes God wants to point out the issues of our heart, through the storm (a lack of faith-when peter didn’t calm his storm, sinful disobedience to God’s command-when Achin’s hidden sin caused Israel’s defeat under Joshua’s leadership)

      Most of the time, for me, when the storm lasts for a VERY long time, I have come to realize that there is SOMETHING I can do to get out of the downward spiral. Prayer and warfare, radical changes and new routines, or radical inner transformation. I’m praying for God to reveal this to you guys… so that this storm will give way to the breaking SON… and you will come into a whole new season!

      Love you and praying for you all…

      Chuck

  5. We all go through our storms, yes. Inhave been a Christian for 15 years and life for 13 of them have been a living hell. 3 months after accepting Christ He decides it would be a good idea to temporarily paralyze me the night college scout were watching my play football. / years later I am a missionary with YWAM and my home church abandons me. I serve my country for 6 years and was hazed by my platoon. At the same time I had a fiance that cheated on me. I meet my now wife and have been married for 8 years and 6 of those years have been rocky. I have been out of the Navy for 6 years and cannot find a full time job. The one I did have I was fired for following orders. My wife and I just separated and if she tells me to get out the house, I AM HOMELESS. I was sexually abused as a 3 year old. God watched that and DID NOTHING! How much more do I have to go through? My generation isn’t leaving God through selfishiness, but BECAUSE WE FEEL HE HAS ABANDONED US!

    • Dear Nate,

      Thanks for leaving this comment. You’re life has been painful beyond description. There is no way I can pretend to understand how your feeling, or the beliefs about people or God that you have developed in this process. But, I can pray for you this morning, that one good thing happens, and then another, until you have safely arrived at the other side of the storms… with your happiness restored completely.