Peace amongst Storms

Jul 04, 12 Peace amongst Storms

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

 

Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble, And He brings them out of their distresses.  He calms the storm, So that its waves are still.  Then they are glad because they are quiet; So He guides them to their desired haven. Psalm 107:28-30 NKJV (written about 950 years before Jesus)

 

And He (Jesus) awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. Mark 4:39

 

 

Just wanted to encourage you in your daily walk with Jesus Christ, and as you encounter the storms of life.  The bible passage Mark 4:35-411, is about an exhausted Jesus falling asleep in a boat manned by his disciples, most of whom were experienced fisherman, as it crossed the unpredictable & oftentimes treacherous Sea of Galilee. The weather was fine but midway, a violent storm sprang up.  The disciples were overwhelmed and they woke up Jesus, crying out to him, “Don’t you care that we are perishing!?!” [A great analogy (which means: a comparative illustration) for “Life”.]  This story, in a way, is about Fear versus Faith.

 

I’m sure you’ve noticed by now, 😀 that living “Life” is challenging.  Life can be going really well and it seems in an instance, Life ISN’T going well, and sometimes it is through no fault of our own and through circumstances, which we have no control over.  How, as a Christian, can “we ride these waves” and not be overwhelmed? How can we have Faith in our God instead of Fear because of the circumstances?

 

“She is the apple of his eye” – We’ve mistakenly believed that this means that the person being referenced is very special.  Perhaps in a way but the “apple of your eye” expression actually comes from the bible and it refers to the pupil in the eye.  If someone tries to poke you in the pupil, what happens?  You automatically close your eyelid.  This expression means to be protected like a person protects their pupil.  King David asks God to protect him in his song Psalm 17:8, “Keep me as the apple of Your eye; Hide me under the shadow of Your wings…”

 

YOU, as God’s child, (because you are a believer by Faith in His Son, Jesus Christ, indwelled by His Holy Spirit), ARE the apple of His eye and YOU ARE able to take refuge in God!  He WANTS you to seek His refuge/protection in the midst of this Life’s storms.

 

Will you stop looking at your problems and wringing your hands in despair? Faith and despair cannot remain in the same heart. Take your choice; trust God or worry. You cannot really do both.” This great quote is by Henrietta Mears, Sunday school teacher extraordinaire.

 

It is our decision: will we decide to take refuge in God or to worry?

 

So some practical strategies on how to Take refuge in God:

Call out to Him – this IS Prayer (and ask others to pray for you) – pray over the people involved, pray that He protect you, pray that He give you strength, pray that He give you Faith, pray even if you don’t have any other words but “Help!”, pray.  He’ll tackle the storm on your behalf.  Sometimes the overwhelming circumstance will change and sometimes it won’t but God IS in control and He IS with you.  He will give you His peace.  I’ve felt this while going through some pretty harrowing things; it is as if He holds me in the “eye of the storm”, that quiet place in the midst of the surrounding torrent.

 

Pray scripture (the bible) out loud, “covering” yourself and yours (your family, friends, those you care about) by His living Word – our enemy, satan, HATES the Word of God and for this reason: it is powerful & it is living!

This God—his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.  2 Samuel 22:31 ESV

 

Praise God continuously! (Bible verses: 1 Thessalonians 5:18, Ephesians 5:20,

James 1:2).  Thank you, God, for being Holy, for creating me, for this air that I breathe, for drawing me to Jesus & saving me, etc., etc.

 

All of these things will pull you closer to God and will strengthen your Faith because of your proximity to Him.

 

So, in a nutshell: As the apostle Paul states in Philippians 4:6-8: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication (means: request, plea, entreaty), with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

Pray, speak & read scripture, sing praises, listen to uplifting praise music, journal your thoughts/prayers to God, in essence, do things to keep your eyes on Him.  Our God is very “chatty”.  The problem is our being able to hear Him.  These “strategies” give Him an avenue to be able to “speak” to us so that we CAN hear Him!

 

 

God bless each and every one of you!

 

Endnote:

 

1) Mark 4:35-41 New King James Version (NKJV)

On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”

Then He arose and rebuked (means: reprimanded as if it was out of line),  the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” And they feared exceedingly (NOTE: this is a different type of fear as in “in Awe of”), and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!” (NOTE: because Jesus showed his control over the elements: wind and sea, the disciples were starting to realize that Jesus is God.)

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