A Planting of Faith Seeds for the Glory of the LORD
Storms, Jesus, and You…
One of my favorite New Testament stories is the one that begins with Jesus asleep in the back of a small boat he and the disciples were using and suddenly a storm nearly destroyed the boat which would have been disastrous for Jesus and the disciples. I am sure you’re familiar with it as well. If you are then you know that after the disciples woke Jesus he rebuked the storm and the sea became calm. It is one of my favorite stories because to me it isn’t just a story I live it out every day in my life.
It would be great if being a faithful follower of Jesus came with a storm free life. We know that isn’t going to happen until God takes us home don’t we? We know God does not protect us from storms but what we do know is God protects us IN the storms. When Jesus stood up in the boat that night long ago he silenced 13 storms, he brought not only peace to the sea but also to 12 terrified men as well. The other day as my Pulmonary Doctor told me my lung capacity has diminished significantly I immediately found myself surrounded by an emotional storm. Yet almost instantly I began feeling the familiar touch of Jesus’ peace as the Holy Spirit stilled my inner storm.
Among the multiple lessons the story has taught me is I cannot depend on my own strength because the only strength that will not fail me is the strength of my God given faith in God. This morning during my bible reading time I found the following scripture that is an abbreviated version of Jesus, the 12 disciples, each of us, in a boat moving through stormy waters. “He will protect his faithful ones, but the wicked will disappear in darkness. No one will succeed by strength alone.” (1 Samuel 2:9, NLT)
I am not sure of the storm that has you in its grips but I do know one very important thing you are not alone! While Jesus may appear to be sleeping and paying no attention to what is going on around you that is not the case he is lying there with one eye open waiting for just the right moment to stand up and say, “Peace, be still!”
Storms will always be a significant part of our lives but within the center of every storm is the One who can still every storm.
PEACE, BE STILL!
Believe it! Experience it!
Grace and PEACE!
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And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19 NLT)
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“Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.”