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Calm the Storm

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“Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, ‘Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!’ He replied, ‘You of little faith, why are you so afraid?’ Then he got up and rebuked the wind and the waves and it was completely calm” (Matthew 8:24-26 NIV).

His disciples stood amazed. First of all, I believe that they were amazed that He could sleep through all of the chaos around them. Then, at the very last moment, knowing they were going down, they awoke Him. Jesus rebuked the storm and immediately it became calm. The disciples’ attitudes turned from paralyzing fear to astonishment!

They moved from astonishment to wonder. “Who is this man?” They knew that Jesus was a great teacher and a wise man who spoke with authority. They were dumbfounded when his very words were obeyed by nature. They kept asking each other, “How did He do that?” Sadly, they weren’t aware that Jesus is God, and the God of the universe calmed the storm for them. Isn’t it interesting that they didn’t turn to Him until the very last minute? Just as they thought the boat was about to capsize, in desperation, they reached out to Him. As soon as He spoke to the winds, they became calm.

In our daily lives we struggle with storms. Many times we see them on the horizon. We may even feel the earth tremble beneath our feet as the storm approaches. We don’t have to wait until the storm is about to crash all around us. We can have the trusting attitude that He can handle the storm before it gets to us. In fact, when we bathe a stormy situation in prayer, God can say, “Peace, be still.” It is not only nature that must obey Him, but human nature as well. He can open hearts and minds. He can heal the broken hearted. Beyond that, he controls everything in the universe and there is no situation beyond Him.

He does not always calm every storm. Scott Krippayne explains this in his wonderful song, Sometimes He Calms the Storm:

Verse 1
All who sail the sea of faith
Find out before too long
How quickly blue skies can grow dark
And gentle winds grow strong.
Suddenly fear is like white water
Pounding on the soul
Still we sail on knowing
That our God is in control.

Chorus:
Sometimes He calms the storm
With a whispered peace be still
He can settle any sea
But it doesn’t mean He will
Sometimes He holds us close
And lets the wind and waves go wild
Sometimes He calms the storm
And other times He calms His child.

And so we can truly trust Jesus and count ourselves blessed when He chooses to hold us close and let the wind and waves go wild. There is no better place to be ― storm or no storm ― than in the loving arms of Jesus.

You may find yourself in a stormy situation right now. You may think it’s more than you can take. And if you think that you can’t take one more disappointment or one more betrayal, or one more piece of bad news, it is never too late to call on the Lord. He is waiting for you to call on Him to calm the storm. Ask now!

There is a peace greater than any storm when we have the attitude of trusting God. Nothing is impossible with God!

Father God, I now put all my concerns and fears at Your feet right now. I know You are my God and King and You have a plan to resolve every storm. I am thankful to be in the family of God forever. Amen.

This is an excerpt from the forty-day devotional, “Attitude Matters”. Click here to order.

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