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Picture this with me: Storm clouds roll in, thunder so loud it shakes the earth and lightening so powerful it illuminates the entire sky. Now if you’re anything like me, I don’t mind storms so much if I’m in my house out of the chaos the storm can cause in outdoor conditions. Let’s take it one step further…imagine with me that not only are you in a terrible storm, but you’re outside IN A BOAT! See, this is the part of the story found in Mark 4:35-40 that I can relate to, the fear of the disciples with Jesus. Being in an “uncovered” environment with the waves crashing around you and the One you have decided to follow with your very life is SLEEPING!! In fear the disciples wake Him up and ask, “Don’t you care if we drown?” Jesus gets up, rebukes the wind and waves, and then asks the disciples “Why are so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
If I was to be completely honest with myself and with you, there have been “storms” in my life where I’ve felt (in my emotions) uncovered, fearful and terrified by the conditions around me. Not just any conditions but circumstances that were beyond my control. It’s easy to say you have faith and you trust God when you’re able to predict and navigate the outcome of a situation. But the minute a storm hits and you realize there is nothing in your ability to control what you’re facing, fear can set in and words of accusation such as “Don’t you care?” can be uttered towards God.
Of course God cares and yes, He will take care of you. Faith sees what the eyes cannot. Faith knows that no matter what I face in life, no matter what or who in life has left me uncovered and seemingly vulnerable to the conditions that could threaten my life, I’m connected to the ultimate covering.
My trust in God should not be dependent on what I feel in my emotions. My faith is exercised when I recognize a storm approaching but because I know who’s on my boat, I know there is no safer place for me to be.
Know that if you’ve accepted Jesus into your life as Savior, you too can have peace and rest in your storm.
Storms come but they eventually pass, don’t allow the storms of life to rob you of your peace. If you’ve entrusted your life to God, you can know that whatever you face in life, He’s there. Just because you’re a Christian does not mean you’re exempt from storms, but there is a peace that is available to you when you put your trust in God.
If you are in need of peace in your life right now, I encourage you to confess daily some life verses on peace. While some things may be beyond your control, it’s never beyond His and you CAN control what you allow your mind to dwell upon and the choice to apply your faith!
Scriptures on Peace:
Philippians 4:7/Amplified Bible (AMP)
7 And God’s peace [shall be yours, that [a]tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace], which transcends all understanding, shall [b]garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Colossians 3:15/Amplified Bible (AMP)
15 And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].
Isaiah 26:3/Amplified Bible (AMP)
3 You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.
*Bible references from www.biblegatway.com (Amplified Version)