Note that I’m talking to born again Christians who are following Jesus with all their heart and strength. If a Christian has willful sin in their lives this introduces a different issue. In this case they have invited a storm and they are fortifying a mountain of resistance due to their lack of repentance.
Religion will teach you that storms and mountains (obstacles, problems, difficulties and trials) are the only way that God can teach you, that you need these things so that you will grow and mature. If you believe this you will think that storms are God’s will. If they are God’s will and he is using them to perfect you then you will not have confidence to resist them. This teaching is a contradiction to the Word. The Word declares that we grow and are equipped through the leaders in our lives and through the Word of God and through the leading of the Holy Spirit. These three agencies are the teachers.
Ephesians 4: 11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith…
2 Timothy 3: 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
Romans 8: 14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
If we are rebellious then our circumstances will go sour. But even then it doesn’t mean we have grown. We are just a person with sour circumstances. Only when we turn to the three sources of wisdom do we grow. So, if in the midst of sour circumstances, we humble ourselves and turn to God we can grow. It’s not true when people say, they had to go through something. They refused to listen and change and humble themselves under the sources of wisdom, therefore they had to go through something.