The people of Israel had gathered for the anointing of King Saul. Afterward, Samuel said his farewell to the nation that he had guided and judged. As he spoke, lightning crashed. Thunder rolled. People ran for cover and cowered in fear.
They had sinned, and God was demonstrating His displeasure, in hopes that the nation would repent.
Often, when we blatantly disobey God’s will or continuously live in sin, God allows storms in our lives. Frightening storms. Fierce lightning. Terrifying thunder.
If you’re living outside of the will of God, and storms are raging around you, then stop. Listen. God is speaking to you. Somewhere in your life is a Samuel, calling you to repentance.
The storm won’t last long, though. God may discipline us, but He will never forsake us. Return to Him. Seek God’s forgiveness. Follow in the steps of His Son.
Fear Not. Serve Him with all your heart.