Thursday, April 10, 2014

Peace, be still.......

I am so thankful for all of the promises God has in His word. promises that you can stand on. really really stand on. 

Ps. 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. and because He is our refuge, strength, a very present help in trouble we can "be still and know that He is God." Ps. 46:10
"Who is mighty like You, O LORD, Your faithfulness also surrounds You. You rule the raging of the sea; When its waves rise, You still them." Psalm 89:8-9

In Ps. 23 His word tell us that He prepares a table before us in the presence of our enemies. Not in the absence of our enemies. in Ps 46:1 it's in trouble that He is our very present help. A help in the here and now. in the middle of the storm.

In Mark 4:35-41, Matt. 8:23-27 and Luke 8:22-25 Jesus taught us how to sleep in the middle of the storm. not to sleep in the absence of storms but right in the middle. He first told His disciples that they were going to the other side. Now remember this is God, the one who controls everything so if He says they were going to the other side they were going to the other side and no storm would stop them. as they launched out Jesus feel asleep. a huge storm came up to the point His disciple were so afraid they were going to perish. People, we will have storms in our lives where we feel like we are going to perish and we will even have the same questions that His disciples had -
"Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?" Mark 4:38.
But don't just call Jesus teacher.
Know who He is!!! He is the "Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world." John 1:29 Jesus, because He is God, calmed the waves by saying, "Peace, be still!" The storm was gone. but He said to His disciples, "Why are you so fearful?" Mark 4:40. Jesus doesn't want us to be afraid in the storms of life. He wants us to know that He is in control of them all no matter how long they last or how they end. He wants our whole trust to be put in Him so that He can lead us around, through or completely quiet the storm.
It's in His word that will bring peace to our hearts in middle of the storms.

And when we have fulfilled the number of our days, (I Chron 17:13) He has promises for that as well!!! In your storm may you hear the Master of the storm speak to your heart today, "Peace, be still" and may you be able to rest assured knowing that He is fully in control and if you will submit yourself under His mighty hand (I Peter 5:6) He will direct your steps. (Prov. 3:5-6)