Finding Calm in the Midst of The Storm
God’s name is a place of protection— good people can run there and be safe. – Proverbs 18:10 (The Message)
Hurricanes. Earthquakes. Blizzards. Revolts. Protests. Whether originating with natural disasters or human discontent, storms can strike instantly. Nor do they have to carry international, national or state-wide impact. Personal upheaval can be every bit as challenging. A car crash. A heart attack. A layoff. The death of a loved one.
Whenever you’re reeling from a storm, you can take heart. I understand your situation. David wrote, “But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand…you are the helper of the fatherless” (Psalm 10:14, NIV).
Not only can you look to me for comfort, I will walk alongside you during adversity. Psalms 107:29 (NIV) says “He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.” The prophet Isaiah wrote to God: “You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm …” (Isaiah 25:4, NIV). These are just two of many places in my word where storms are stilled.
I want you to direct your eyes towards me whenever you find yourself in the midst of a storm. Know the calm that settles when you place your trust in me. The same is true when setbacks batter your personal life. I may not stop the chaos immediately. However, I will help you take your next breath and begin to move beyond the pain.
Hold on to me with all your might, when the winds rage and the storms rise. I will be your anchor. Just as panicked people seek shelter during a tornado or hurricane, you can seek me whenever the ground trembles under your feet.
Catalyst for Spiritual Growth:
1 — Read Matthew 8:23-27. Does this change your concept of God’s power the way it changed the concepts of the followers of Jesus? Why? What other images came into your mind as you read this passage?
2 — Watch this animated walk through of the book of Job.