Welcome to another beautiful day, its one the Lord has made and may we rejoice and be glad in it. I pray that the Lord’s protection and provision continue to be with you and your house even as we continue to soar above this Storm.
Soar? Yes! As Christians, it should be our core belief that no amount of darkness can dim the Light and Glory of our God. We also know that all things are working together for our good. So, let’s continue to keep our focus on Jesus, knowing that He would surely get us through this season.
Deuteronomy 31:6 says: Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.
Here, Moses had been the Shepherd of God’s people Israel for forty years, and now it was time to pass the Leadership mantle to Joshua. But before doing that, Moses had to remind the people of Israel that God Almighty was their real Shepherd and Redeemer.
He also encouraged them to keep their trust in Him at all times regardless of how fierce the battles ahead may seem.
Today, Moses, Joshua and the Children of Israel who went into the promise land are long dead and gone. But the same God who promised to be with them at all times is still here and He’s words towards His Children has never changed. The Lord says “I Am with you! I would never leave you neither would I forsake You”.
Now the question is, do you have faith enough to believe His words towards you? Or you may even ask, what exactly is God’s word for me in this Season?
Peace (Matthew 8:23-27)
Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with His Disciples. Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
Jesus responded, “Why are you Afraid? You have so little faith!” Then He got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm.
The disciples were amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked. “Even the winds and waves obey Him!”
I’m sure most of us had been told the story of “how Jesus calmed the storm” times without number at Sunday school while growing up. well, I know I have! I also remember thinking to myself how lucky those disciples must have been, like these people were given front row seats to witness “weather bending” by the creator of weather Himself.
But, as fascinating as that story may be, there are some lessons the Lord would like us to learn from there:
First, Storms of life are very real and most times, you never see them coming:
The bible said:
“While they were moving across the lake, a fierce Storm suddenly appeared”.
It is safe to say that the storm caught them by surprise. Why? Well let me explain, Jesus had twelve disciples, and three of them (Peter, James and John) used to be professional fishermen before they were called by the Lord. By training and experience, they ought to have been able to decipher weather conditions right? But if they had known beforehand that a fierce storm would hit them while travelling, am sure they would have tried to talk Jesus out of going on that trip. But circumstances didn’t play that way, which was perfectly according to God’s plan.
God was planning to let them know that He, Jehovah Shalom was in their midst. Jesus told His disciples
“though you may go through many trials and tribulation in this world, in me you will have peace. So take courage, for I have overcome the world” (John 16:33)
There may be someone who is currently going through a storm that caught you off-guard and it seems like it’s never passing away, I want you to know that you do not stand alone; the storm didn’t catch God by surprise. He is surely coming to your rescue.
If you read through the bible, you would understand that God loves making grand entries. Wait on Him; He is coming to get you! Even if it means him walking on water to save you from drowning, He would surely come through.
The Prophet Isaiah puts it this way: “Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
Second, Calmness in Chaos:
The bible said:
“suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping”.
Now, back in those days, having a ship wreck, was the biggest travel fright anybody could have. It’s safe to say it was something similar to experiencing a plane crash in our days.
But quick question;
What was Jesus doing? Why was He asleep, or did He just seem to be asleep? The bible said the waves were breaking into the boat. So, they all must have been drenched. How could anyone be asleep under such conditions?
God would like us to learn that though it looked like Jesus was asleep in the boat, He was very much aware of the storm. He wanted to let His disciples understand that God’s silence doesn’t mean God’s absence.
The arising of today’s global crisis has caused many to ask questions like “where is God in all of this?” But I want you to know that He is very much aware of this storm and in its due time, like every other storm, it shall pass.
Another person who caught the principle of being calm in chaos was a disciple of his. A man by the name Simon Peter. Acts 12: 1-8
About that time King Herod Agrippa began to persecute some believers in the church. He had the apostle James (John’s brother) killed with a sword. When Herod saw how much this pleased the Jewish people, he also arrested Peter. (This took place during the Passover celebration) then he imprisoned him, placing him under guard of four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring Peter out for public trial after the Passover.
But while Peter was in prison, the church prayed very earnestly for him. The night before Peter was to be placed on trial, he was asleep, fastened with two chains between two soldiers. Others stood guard at the prison gate. Suddenly, there was a bright light in the cell, and an angel of the Lord stood before Peter. The angel struck him on the side to awaken him and said, “Quick! Get up!” and the chains fell off his wrist. Then the angel told him, “Get dressed and put on your sandals.” And he did. “Now put on your coat and follow me,” the angel ordered
According to the text above, the followers of Jesus were hugely persecuted for their faith after His (Jesus) ascension to Heaven. King Herod had James killed and also put Peter, who was the leader of the church in jail, awaiting trial and possible execution.
If there was one thing Peter learned from Jesus with regards to response when in the midst of a storm or crisis, it’s definitely calmness. For as the bible says, he was peacefully asleep while awaiting his trial, before God intervened by sending an angel to his rescue.
In conclusion, we know that as long as we are temporal residents here on earth, we would certainly have moments where we feel like all hope is lost. Situations that might make us doubt our faith and probably God’s existence and Love for us. But through it all, let us understand that He is God and He is good and nothing would ever separate us from His love. There is no mountain too high, nor ocean too deep that would stop Him from getting to us when we need Him.
Just continue to dwell in His presence; He loves your company. You are the only thought that occupies His mind. Fall in love with Him over and over again and then watch Him Glorify Himself in you for the world to see.
Thanks for your time, feel free to leave a comment if this article blessed you. Remember to live a life that pleases Him. God bless.
But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him”. (1 Corinthians 2:9)