Monday Devotions, Peace in Christ

The Eye of the Storm

It’s thunderstorm season in Wisconsin, which means you go to sleep with the bright flashes of light and window shaking thunder.

We’ve had some severe storms and more than once we’ve had to go to the basement because there was a possibility of a tornado in our area. I have seen many different storms, and twice we have been caught in the middle of a storm with no shelter but the car we were driving in.

I felt the power of the storm, and it was the strongest force I’ve ever felt. In life we often have storms of our own, the waves and winds of worry and doubt toss us against the sharp rocks.

James 1:6 says

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

When we allow worry and doubt to creep into our mind, it causes one doozy of a storm. But we can have peace within the storm, we can seek shelter within the eye of the storm.

The eye of the storm is the quietest and the calmest; it is there we can find rest. But there tends to be a storm outside of the eye still raging on. We do not have to get sucked back into that.

In Matthew 8 and Mark 4 you can read the story of a great storm in which the disciples of Jesus were facing in a boat. As the wind and waves beat and tossed the boat, Jesus was asleep in the bottom of the boat.

The disciples were scared and fearful, to put it bluntly, they were freaking out, the disciples were certain they were going to drown.

Matthew 8:24-25 says

24 And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep.

25 Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”

Just hours before this, Jesus had performed some amazing miracles and displays of His deity; He cleansed a leper and healed many people from sickness. And the disciples had witnessed Jesus doing these miracles, but yet they were still fearful of the storm.

But Jesus said

But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.

Matthew 8:26

Can you imagine being in that boat? The wind and waves making the boat toss and turn, almost sinking, feeling like drowning is imminent, and suddenly the storm ceases from the words of one Man, the Creator of the universe.

Sheer chaos to calming peace in a second, it is the same calm we can have in the midst of chaos.

The disciples knew they were in trouble, and they needed rescuing, so they cried out to Jesus, and He calmed the storm.

When we are facing a chaotic situation, and feel like we are losing all control of everything, we need to cry out to the one who can calm our storm and give us peace.

1 Peter 5:7 says

casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

So often we feel like we have to carry our burden and worry alone, but we don’t have to.

Lay it down at the foot of the cross

Give it to the one who can carry it all

We can have abundant peace and calm through all our trials if we just let Jesus calm our storms. And when we ask for calm in our storm, we are giving all our worries, doubts, fears, and concerns over it Him.

John 14:27 says

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Even though our worst storms, we can have peace. Cry out to the one who can calm the storm.

Last weeks posts:

Monday Devotional: We are not Misfits – We are Beautiful Messes

Wednesday’s Blog Post: Sparking Wonder

Friday’s Gratitude Journal Prompt: Top 10 Ways to feel and stay happy

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