Storm: a violent weather condition of strong winds, rain, hail, thunder, lightning, blowing sand, snow, etc.
I don’t know about you but I would not like to get stuck in a storm, I would rather be home snug under a duvet with a good book and some hot chocolate.
So let’s look at the word storm metaphorically: I would think it to be difficulties in life… hardships etc
Every one of us at some point or other face difficulties, financial, emotional, physical, spiritual whatever the difficulties, we need to put our trust in Jesus to calm the storm. Many of us will choose to run away from it to find shelter where the storm cannot reach us, the thing is we cannot keep running, why not go headstrong into the storm, knowing that you will be ok because Jesus is with you, and will calm your storm.
Matthew 8:23 – 27(the message): Then he got into the boat his disciples with him. The next thing they knew they were in a severe storm. Waves were crashing into the boat and He was sound asleep! They roused Him, pleading, “Master please save us! We’re going down!” Jesus reprimanded them. “Why are you such cowards, such faint hearts?” Then he stood up told the wind to be silent, the sea to quiet down: “Silence!” The sea became smooth as glass. The men rubbed their eyes, astonished. “What’s going on here? Wind and sea come to heal at His command.
I know there are a lot of us that struggle with faith, and find it hard to believe in something we cannot see. The verse above is very powerful; I mean Jesus literally calmed the storm. Even though Jesus had performed many miracles, his disciples still were “Faithless”, and when he calmed the storm they were “dumbfounded.”
Let’s take a look at more scriptures on the topic of calming the storm:
Luke 8:22 – 25(The Message): One day he and his disciples got in a boat. “Let’s cross the lake,” he said. And off they went. It was smooth sailing and he fell asleep. A terrific storm came up suddenly on the lake. Water poured in and they were about to capsize. They woke Jesus: Master, Master we are going to drown!” Getting to his feet he told the wind. “Silence!” and the waves “Quiet down!” They did I,t the lake became smooth as glass. Then he said to his disciples, “WHY CANT YOU TRUST ME?” They were in absolute awe, staggered and stammering. Who is this anyway? He calls out to the wind and the sea, and they DO WHAT HE TELLS THEM!”
The way I see it the bible has been around for MANY, MANY years, my view on it is that it is probably the world’s number 1 best seller, why else would this book still be on the shelves of so many bookstores?? So what does this tell me?? That there MUST be truth to this book so why not use it in our everyday lives, I found an acronym the other day for the life of me I cannot remember where I found it possibly on one of the blogs I follow or perhaps on the ever so resourceful Google.
BIBLE – Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth – BIBLE now if you look at it that way how can we go wrong if we use the bible as our rule book, as our instruction manual. If you believe in your heart that Jesus can calm your storm then HE CAN, but you have TO BELIEVE.
Hebrews 11:1 now Faith IS being sure of what we hope for and CERTAIN of what we DO NOT SEE.
This I think is my ALL time favourite Faith scripture, in fact I wear an arm band with that scripture and ever since I bought it, it has not come off my arm. I cannot see Jesus, well not physically anyway, I can definitely FEEL him though, and I can see him working in my life and in the lives of others. So I know and have the Faith that he can CALM MY STORM and he can calm yours too.
Matthew 9:18 – 27(The Message): As he finished saying this a Local official appeared, bowed politely and said, “My daughter has just now died, if you come and touch her, she will live.” Jesus got up and went with him, his disciples following along.
Just then a woman who had haemorrhaged for 12 YEARS slipped in from behind and lightly touched His robe. She was thinking to herself, “If I can just put a finger on his robe, I’ll get well.” Jesus turned – caught her at it. The He reassured her; “Courage daughter. You took a risk of FAITH and now you’re well.” The woman was well from there on.
By now they had arrived at the house of the town official, and pushed their way through the gossips looking for a story and the neighbours bringing in the casseroles. Jesus was abrupt “Clear out! This girl isn’t dead she is sleeping.” They told him he didn’t know what he was talking about. But when Jesus had gotten rid of the crowd, he went in, took the girls hand and pulled her to her feet – alive. The good news was soon out, and travelled throughout the region.
Both the local official and the woman who touched His robe had their own storms that they were dealing with, the local official had lost his daughter and the woman had been bleeding for 12 years, but they both BELIEVED that Jesus could do what no one else could. He calmed their storms.
Galatians 2:20 (NKJV) – I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
James 1:3 – Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.
1 Peter 1: 7 (NKJV) – That the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honour, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Jesus has infinite power, we have very limited and finite power, there are things we can do but many we can’t. It is then that we need to look to the one with infinite power to change things that we cannot.
Mark 12:30 – Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.
Remember Jesus LOVES YOU, why would he let you face the storm alone.