Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Because He Lives: God in the storm

  (Part of a series sharing my devotional thoughts from almost two decades ago. For the back story & links to other posts, see the first post in the series.)
Do you feel overwhelmed by the turmoil in your life? Do you seek for something in your life bigger than your problem? Then friend, let me introduce you to Jesus Christ, who long ago demonstrated His power over storms. Mark 4:35-41 records the event:
“And on that day, when evening had come, He said to them, ‘Let us go over to the other side.’ And leaving the multitude, they took Him along with them, just as He was, in the boat; and other boats were with Him. And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up. And He Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they awoke Him and said to Him, ‘Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?’ And being aroused, He rebuked the wind and said to the sea, ‘Hush, be still.’‘ And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. And He said to them, ‘Why are you so timid? How is it that you have no faith?’ And they became very much afraid and said to one another, ‘Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?’”

“Who then is this?” asked the disciples. This was Jesus Christ, God in the flesh. He has control over the weather because He created the heavens and the earth. Colossians 1:16 teaches us: “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities -- all things have been created by Him and for Him.”
You see, just as God has control over the weather and could still the storm so completely that it became “perfectly calm”, He also has created YOU and everything else in this world. He has the same ability to give you peace and calm in the storms of your life as He did almost 2000 years ago when His disciples discovered that even the wind and sea obey Him.
Put your life in His capable hands. Ask Him to calm the storms in your life and to give you peace. As you learn to trust Him, you will see just how powerful and loving He is.         

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