Life is a series of ups and downs. One day the lake is smooth and you are peacefully sailing along, and the very next day a storm is tossing and turning your boat, so much so that you are afraid you might drown. Our question to you today is, to whom, or where, do you turn when you need help in the storm? We want to begin with this statement, “Jesus is not our security against the storms of life, but He is our security in those storms.” Let’s explore that idea a little further. While it is sometimes true that people and things can bring us comfort in the midst of a storm, it is always true that putting your faith and trust in Jesus is really the only way to find lasting peace and calmness in life. A phone call to a friend or a walk on the beach (or stroll through the woods) might bring some temporary peace, but ultimately without completely trusting Jesus, we will find ourselves right back in panic mode.
A story found in three of the four gospels tells us that Jesus brings calm to those who trust in Him. Here is the story of Jesus calming the storm as written by Luke. We read from The Message in Luke 8:22-25 these words…
One day he and his disciples got in a boat. “Let’s cross the lake,” he said. And off they went. It was smooth sailing, and he fell asleep. A terrific storm came up suddenly on the lake. Water poured in, and they were about to capsize. They woke Jesus: “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” Getting to his feet, he told the wind, “Silence!” and the waves, “Quiet down!” They did it. The lake became smooth as glass. Then he said to his disciples, “Why can’t you trust me?” They were in absolute awe, staggered and stammering, “Who is this, anyway? He calls out to the winds and sea, and they do what he tells them!”
(Also see Matthew 8:23-27 and Mark 4:35-41.)
Notice what Jesus said to the disciples, “Why can’t you trust me?” In this story we just looked at, Jesus actually calmed the storm. Sometimes the Lord calms the storm, and other times He lets the storm rage and calms the child (us, the children of God).
Dr. Lloyd John Ogilvie, Chaplain of the United States Senate from 1995-2003, put it this way, “Sometimes the Lord rides out the storm with us and other times He calms the restless sea around us. Most of all, He calms the storm inside us in our deepest inner soul.”
So today if you have not yet put your trust in Jesus, pray and ask Him into your heart and accept all that He has for you. If you are already a follower of Jesus but find it hard to calm your inner soul, then right now pray and ask Jesus for a peace that passes all understanding. If you are not sure what all this means, please contact us and we would love to talk to you about building a relationship of faith and trust in Jesus Christ. You can contact Pastor Dave Garrett by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 717-575-4664.
We will end with an old Chinese proverb, “Dig the well before you are thirsty.”