Thousands of years ago, the disciples were on a boat with Jesus. Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake so that the waves almost swept over their boat. The disciples were filled with fear and their hearts melted with terror as the sea waves raged around them. Jesus was sound asleep.
Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep (Mark 8:23-24)
Such is life sometimes. Every so often we find ourselves in the midst of life’s storms. Whether it is losing a job, having financial challenges, dealing with family problems, or even experiencing a global pandemic such as the COVID-19 that the world is experiencing today.
Keeping Faith in the Midst of Life Storms
Storms are terrifying and make us feel very unsettled. What are we to do when we find ourselves in the midst of these inevitable storms?
Here are 3 things we can do:
1. Remember that God is with Us
Sometimes we think that if God is with us, we shouldn’t have storms. Jesus was in the boat, yet the storm still happened.
In John 16:33, Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Jesus is always with us in the middle of the deepest storm. And He says to our hearts, “Take courage.”
Yes, storms will come but then we should take courage in the midst of it all. Because Jesus has already overcome.
What more, He has promised never to leave or forsake us. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
Jesus is always present and we shouldn’t take the presence of a storm to indicate His absence.
2. Remember to Cry out to Jesus to Calm the Storm
In the midst of the storm, the disciples cried out to Jesus. Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” (Matthew 8:25)
As soon as the disciples cried out for his help, Jesus arose and rebuked the wind.
Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. (Matthew 8:26)
We should approach Jesus anytime we are experiencing a storm. This story demonstrates that if we call unto Him, He will come to our rescue.
3. Remember That God is Sovereign Over all Things
God is sovereign over everything we are facing or will ever face in life. So no matter what we go through, we can be confident God has power over all things.
What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him! (Matthew 8:27)
Jesus is familiar with any suffering that life throws at us and is above it all because he experienced all of the challenges and trials of life, and then on the cross suffered more than anyone has ever endured.
In our storms, let’s not forget that sometimes God allows some circumstances in life to help us know him more and be transformed into his Son’s image
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28–29)
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