• Chris Steele

A Calm In the Storm

Be Strong, Be Well — Thursday, November 12, 2020

From the time a storm begins to bear down on us, we trust the Lord will be merciful and protective. Although we live with the consequences of an uncertain and cursed world, we pray for the safety of our families, friends, communities, and ourselves. Once the storm passes by, with thanksgiving in our hearts, we approach God’s mighty throne again giving thanks for answered prayers.

We read about a number of life-threatening storms involving Jesus and His disciples on the Sea of Galilee. One of the most fascinating is when Jesus demonstrated His great power and authority over the forces of nature by calming the “great tempest” (Matthew 8:23-27; Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25).

By this time, the disciples had seen the miracles of Jesus in healing the sick. But nothing could compare to this great show of power. In an instant the Lord calmed the sea by speaking a few simple words, “Peace be still.” The disciples “feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!” (Mark 4:41).

We have faced numerous storms in life, some have been extreme. These might be physical. They also could be spiritual, mental, or emotional. In all of these storms, Christians should know we can place our confidence in the One who made all things. A great calm is available for those who trust in the Lord and are obedient to His will.

“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

Don’t let the storms of life get the best of you. Put your trust in the Lord and Master of all the earth! A great calm awaits. —Chris

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