"PEACE IN THE STORM"
3 Things God Gives Us for Peace in Our Storms
1. His Word
is the Word of the Living God that guides and instructs us when storms arise. The
scriptures are full of promises of peace.
God’s Word promises us that He will keep
us in “perfect peace” when we trust in Him “for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting
strength” (Isaiah 26:3-4).
It also tells us that when we dwell in God’s “secret place,”
we can be assured of His protection and deliverance; having no reason to fear (Psalm
91)—now that’s what I call peaceful assurance!
2. His Spirit
The Spirit of the Lord
is called by many names in the Bible. One of the names He is called is “Comforter.”
This term—although in today’s vernacular, is relative to something you use to keep
you warm—can better be used as “Advocate”. An advocate is one that helps us, and
even argues on our behalf.
The Holy Spirit is given to advocate for us! Jesus told
His disciples that He would not leave them “comfortless” when He leaves, but give
them “another Comforter” to live with them (us) forever (John 14:16,18). It is the
ministry of the Holy Spirit to be the representative of Jesus—abiding in us.
through His ministry that we can be calm in the storms of life. Like Jesus, we can
experience rest or peace when all hell is breaking-lose all around us!
Does God intend
for us to be caught up in the turmoil of the storm or to tell the storm to be still
and quiet down?
Our example, Jesus, was resting in the midst of a storm and probably
would not have gotten up; were it not for the fright of the disciples—who should
have commanded the storm to cease. They failed to remember His word “let us pass
over unto the other side.” (Mark 4:35).
That word should have carried them from their
starting place, through whatever storms may arise, on to their destination. But they
cried out for fear! What has the Lord told you that you have allowed the storms of
life to speak louder than God’s Word—worse yet— or make you forget it?
3. Each Other
final point I want to make is: God also, uses us to help each other make it through
difficult times—He expects us to help one another.
Jesus’ life and teachings exemplified
this. Whether it was when He healed the sick, raised the dead, cast out devils, fed
the multitudes, or taught; I.e., the “four friends” that brought the man to Jesus
by letting him down through the roof (Mark 2:3-5); or the “good Samaritan” who found
a man beaten and left in a ditch, and took care of his needs (Luke 10:30-37); He
commands us to “go and do likewise.” (Luke 10:37).
It is our responsibility and privilege
to help calm the storms in each other lives as much as we are able. Maybe, all you
can do is pray—then pray and stand in faith that God will send the help needed.
what you can and God will do what you cannot!
Rev. Michael W. Cochran