On your Christian walk of faith, you will go through some tough times, but remember storms never last forever. In the midst of the storm, seek the Lord and run to Him for shelter. He will protect you and help you endure.
Don’t think about the bad weather, but instead seek peace through Christ. Meditate on His promises and be strong. The sun doesn’t always have to be out to give the Lord thanks so continue to give Him praise.
Draw closer to the Lord with prayer and know that His presence is near. Be still, God will comfort and provide for you. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. Find out reasons why God allows trials.
“God sends the storm to show that He is the only shelter.”
“We want Christ to hurry and calm the storm. He wants us to find Him in the midst of it first.”
“Storms in life are not meant to break us but to bend us towards God.”
“Often we become apathetic in our lives until we face a severe storm. Whether loss of a job, health crisis, loss of a loved one, or financial struggle; God often brings storms into our lives to change our perspective, to shift the focus from ourselves and our lives to Him.”
“In the storms, winds and waves, He whispers, “Fear not, I am with you.”
“In order to realize the worth of the anchor we need to feel the stress of the storm.”
“Into each life some rain must fall,” is a famous quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. But I don’t know of anyone who hasn’t struggled through dark clouds or major storms. Do you?
While nobody really looks forward to the trials of life, they serve an important purpose. That is, tribulations help us grow. And if you’re a child of God, they help you grow closer to Him and help you grow spiritually.
God doesn’t cause every stubbed toe, car accident or cancer diagnosis. He’s not a puppet master that directs every step we take. If that were the case, we wouldn’t have free will.
However, He does allow trials and tribulations to happen. Our faith growsduring those times. Think about it. We can read every book of the Bible and learn how all the Bible characters responded to their challenges. Those stories help grow our faith a little bit, and they set the example of how to get through.
But when we are in the midst of the storm, we take what we’ve learned in Scripture, gain strength by leaning on and trusting the Lord, pray for guidance and from Him, we seek peace in the midst of chaos.
Mark 4:35-41 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
Peace, be stillI want to address two statements that Jesus made. First, “Peace, be still.” Jesus literally calmed the sea. This wasn’t only for the ship He and his disciples were in. It was the Sea of Galilee, which as I understand was 13 miles long by 8 miles wide. There were plenty of other boats on that sea.
The storm was so great and the waves so big, the ship was taking on water. Plus we’re talking about professional fishermen. Yet they thought they were “perishing.” These men were still learning about putting their faith over their fear. Jesus, weary and tired, slept through it. But it wasn’t until the call of His disciples, did He awake. They called and He answered.
And with three simple words, our Savior caused peace in the midst of the storm.
It wasn’t the storm that woke him. It wasn’t the waves crashing over the sides of the ship. It was the voice of His disciples. Lord, save us (Matthew 8:25.) That’s all it really takes. We simple have to ask for help, believing that God has the power to calm our worries and fears to provide peace in the storm.
Jesus can provide the rest we need. Just like He could calm the sea, He has the power to provide peace in our lives…if we let Him.