He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then he got up, rebuked the wind and the sea, and there was a great calm.
The men marveled, saying, “What kind of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” (Matthew 8:23-27 WEB)
Calming the storms of life is a specialty of Jesus Christ. For a storm is simply a disturbance to the normal condition of the atmosphere. Life presents disturbances every day. Whether it be physical or mental illness, poverty, lack of peace or disruption within your home. These disturbances can affect us and our lives dramatically. Even though we may be Christian, it doesn’t exempt us from the vicissitudes of life. For trials and temptations come to every person but for us God provides a way of escape so that we can bear, endure and overcome.
Too often, some leaders within the body of Christ paint a rosy picture of the Christian life. Which leads to many within the faith being surprised when they come under attack with the storms of life. They inevitably feel that God doesn’t love them or that they did something to deserve such treatment. Often this is not the case. Remember the righteous man Job, he was under attack by the Deceiver through no fault of his own. Just because he was a righteous man who served the Lord. So since we know that we live in an unholy world we need to put on bible knowledge (whole army of God) to protect ourselves against the attacks (storms) of the evil one. For these storms of life come to test and refine our faith. So that when we overcome, we will come out like pure gold.
Going back to our foundational scripture, Matthew reports that the disciples only entered the storm as a result of following Jesus. So we know by this information that sometimes when you follow Christ, his path will lead you through a storm. The good news is that in the storm, Jesus is there. So as they were going through this literal storm, Jesus was resting. This seems to be the impression that many have of God in life. And it is not by accident. For the Deceiver wants you to believe that God is not concerned about your plight. But the bible tells us that he is an ever present help in the time of trouble (Psalm 46:1 KJV).
The terrible thing about this life is facing these storms without God. When you do this, it’s a 50/50 proposition of you possibly overcoming or succumbing. With Jesus, he can and will rebuke (bind) the storm at your request. You see, in order for the Lord to work on your behalf, you have to follow, obey, ask, and pray. Do each step in faith and when you do you will see the hand (power) of God in your life and work in each circumstance. The key to overcoming is knowing the Lord. Having an intimate relationship with him. Learning his ways (what pleases him) and knowing his will. If you do not know his will study the bible. If you still can’t find his will, ask him in faith and he will answer your reply.
Well, until we meet again. I pray that Yahweh bless you, and keep you. Yahweh make his face to shine on you, and be gracious to you. Yahweh lift up his face toward you, and give you peace’ (Numbers 6:24-26 WEB).