We are in a storm. The thunder and lightning are arguing with each other. The ocean is all riled up and wave after wave crashes the beach, taking more sand with each attack. The dark sky is angry and its fast-moving clouds threaten to explode with a flood. That is how I see our world at times. It is enough to make one ask, “God, when will this storm end?”
We are in a storm of broken relationships. Differing political opinions are coming before our love for each other. The future looks bleak. As the churning waves of opinion, grit, stubbornness and pride hit us, some of us go down with it. We see others as our enemy because they believe differently, and we clash, threatening to explode. The world is flooded with tears over the state of our country. We feel like we are drowning in an angry sea.
When afraid we must go straight to Jesus. As He beckoned Peter to join Him in a walk on the sea, He beckons us to trust Him and His Father and walk on top of the storm. That may not sound like solid ground, but walking towards Jesus is always the safest place to walk. We can stand upon His promises! The Bible tells us what He will give us if we ask, peace!
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 NIV
That precious peace, that makes no sense sometimes that we should have it, during a storm, is much like walking on water. It truly is the “peace that transcends all understanding.” Jesus tells us,
“And everything I’ve taught you is so that the peace which is in me will be in you and will give you great confidence as you rest in me. For in this unbelieving world you will experience trouble and sorrows, but you must be courageous, for I have conquered the world!” John 16:33 The Passion Translation
His name is “Conquerer! ” Our name is “Courageous.” As Jesus bore the cross because He knew what awaited Him, and He obeyed His Father. Let us also bear the trials of this world because it is God’s will and because we have hope and a home in heaven to look forward to!
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:2-3 NIV
When we are in a storm, and we are, let’s keep our eyes on the One who saves and the One who made us. Our relationship will keep our hearts light with His amazing peace! We are only here for a moment. We can not only endure, but thrive on peace and visions of what is waiting for us in heaven. We will see Jesus someday! That thought alone brings so much joy!
One for the journal- Write out three promises in the Bible that that bring you joy, such as the one above about peace we are promised. An idea…consider putting your Bible in front of the tv or in a place you will see often, as a way of reminding yourself that the Good News in the Bible gives peace:)
Thank You for calling us to You and holding us up in turbulent times. Your peace makes all the difference in our sometimes crazy world. Thank You for giving us courage to weather the storms. Give us courage also to tell others who makes us calm. We have full confidence that You will deliver us from any doubt or trial we have. You are our Rescuer and Conquerer! We praise You for Your obedience to Your Father, Our Father. We love You and will obey too. Amen
With love and prayer always, have a great Friday!
Just me. Just His.