At one time or another, we all face storms in our lives. Praise the Lord, Christ not only calmed the violent storms for His disciples, but He can calm the storms in our lives.
Jesus created the storm for His disciples in Luke 8:23-24. While the disciples were sailing, there came a terrible storm on the lake. Those disciples were filled with fear and couldn’t understand why their Master was sleeping and was not concerned with their horrible dilemma. They went to Him and woke Him up saying, “Master, master, we perish.” Then the Lord arose, and rebuked the wind…it ceased, and there was a calm.”
Many times as the storms in our lives rage, we tend to get fearful and begin to think, “Lord, don’t You understand what’s going on here?” We, like the disciples, begin listening to Satan’s whispers, “ Your God is sleeping…He doesn’t care about you.” If you find yourself in this condition…listen for the still small voice of the Lord telling you, “I know exactly what you are going through…I created this storm for your good and for My glory.”
Even though your peace may not come right away…don’t fear. The Lord sometimes sends you small reminders of His love and peace to give you strength through your storms. These reminders might come through an encouraging text by a friend or hearing an encouraging spiritual song on the radio.
The question that Jesus asked His disciples after He calmed the storm showed the source of their problem. “And He said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for He commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him” (Luke 8:25). Why had they lost their courage? Because they had lost their faith.
Every storm we face, we must make a choice…will I believe what God says…even though I don’t see how things are going to work out….or will I give into my fears? The Lord has not promised us that we will never have any storms in our lives, but when we do have them, He has promised to be with us. My favorite saying, “Nothing happens to me that is not part of God’s purpose and plan for my life. His storms are always designed for my good and His glory.”