35And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. 36And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. 37And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. 38And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? 39And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? 41And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?—Mark 4:35-41 (KJV)
Peace, according to one of its many meanings is: Heavenly rest; the happiness of heaven.
Storm, according to one of its many meanings is: Affliction; calamity; distress; adversity.
In light of the scripture passage and the definitions presented above, let’s take a look at how we should handle the storms of life.
Everyone will face times in our lives that will have us shaking our heads in disbelief, and asking; ‘why or how is this happening?” It is during these times that we need to turn to the Lord for comfort and security, instructions and guidance.
We need these things to help us and keep us from possibly saying or doing something that could potentially harm us, either naturally or spiritually.
3 Things God Gives Us for Peace in Our Storms
1. His Word
It is the Word of the Living God that guides and instructs us when storms arise. The scriptures are full of promises of peace.
God’s Word promises us that He will keep us in “perfect peace” when we trust in Him “for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength” (Isaiah 26:3-4).
It also tells us that when we dwell in God’s “secret place,” we can be assured of His protection and deliverance; having no reason to fear (Psalm 91)—now that’s what I call peaceful assurance!
2. His Spirit
The Spirit of the Lord is called by many names in the Bible. One of the names He is called is “Comforter.” This term—although in today’s vernacular, is relative to something you use to keep you warm—can better be used as “Advocate”. An advocate is one that helps us, and even argues on our behalf.
The Holy Spirit is given to advocate for us! Jesus told His disciples that He would not leave them “comfortless” when He leaves, but give them “another Comforter” to live with them (us) forever (John 14:16,18). It is the ministry of the Holy Spirit to be the representative of Jesus—abiding in us.
It is through His ministry that we can be calm in the storms of life. Like Jesus, we can experience rest or peace when all hell is breaking-lose all around us!
Does God intend for us to be caught up in the turmoil of the storm or to tell the storm to be still and quiet down?
Our example, Jesus, was resting in the midst of a storm and probably would not have gotten up; were it not for the fright of the disciples—who should have commanded the storm to cease. They failed to remember His word “let us pass over unto the other side.” (Mark 4:35).
That word should have carried them from their starting place, through whatever storms may arise, on to their destination. But they cried out for fear! What has the Lord told you that you have allowed the storms of life to speak louder than God’s Word—worse yet— or make you forget it?
3. Each Other
The final point I want to make is: God also, uses us to help each other make it through difficult times—He expects us to help one another.
Jesus’ life and teachings exemplified this. Whether it was when He healed the sick, raised the dead, cast out devils, fed the multitudes, or taught; i.e., the “four friends” that brought the man to Jesus by letting him down through the roof (Mark 2:3-5); or the “good Samaritan” who found a man beaten and left in a ditch, and took care of his needs (Luke 10:30-37); He commands us to “go and do likewise.” (Luke 10:37).
It is our responsibility and privilege to help calm the storms in each other lives as much as we are able. Maybe, all you can do is pray—then pray and stand in faith that God will send the help needed.
Do what you can and God will do what you cannot
This week, we had an opportunity, read (Thank You for Praying), to show the love of God to someone who needed it—many responded and some passed by.
If you may have passed this or some other opportunity to show kindness; ask God, through the Holy Spirit and His Word to help you be an advocate for someone else and bring some peace to them in their storm—just as He is for us.