Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Peace in the Storm

Today we are rejoicing. We have been blessed with peace, with hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you
and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

God has given us this verse so many times over the past months, but with each step backwards it felt like that hope was getting further and further out of reach. I began to wonder if it would ever come.

Then yesterday, after a particularly hard day, after breaking down, and in pain and anguish begging for relief and hope He put into my head this story.

Jesus Calms the Storm
35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” 39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. 40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

Yes He calmed our storm, just as He did in the bible. But my question is this. Would He have calmed it if we had not come to Him and asked?

Jesus asked why the disciples were so afraid, they should have had faith that they would be okay, and that's true. But if they had just had faith, and kept quiet, might they still be in the storm?

The storm was calmed by there going to Jesus.

We should all have faith in the storms of our lives. We should believe that God does not intend to harm us, but to give us hope and a future. We should have faith that everything will be okay, but we also need to have faith that it is God who calms the storm, and when it becomes too much for us, we need to turn to Him to ask for relief from it.

As for our rejoicing there is much to rejoice about, but I'll save that for another post.

1 comment:

  1. This passage has always been very special to me. It seems there have been many storms over the years. And I have found the same that you stated, we have to call to Jesus! We can have all the faith that it will work out, but if we don't ask then we are still on our own. Prayer is a powerful thing. May God help calm your storms.