During man’s sojourn on earth, there is one certainty: Storms will happen!
The Old Testament is replete with many accounts of God’s children who went through all manner of storms and by God’s grace survived. Not the least of those was Noah who went through the ‘Great Storm and Flood’ (Genesis 7). The New Testament also records a multitude of storm events. As an example, the Apostle Paul survived ‘The Storm of Euroclydon’ (Acts 27:14, KJV), a hellish hurricane that held the ship on which Paul was traveling for 14 days in its deadly grip.
Jesus also experienced storms while He walked on the earth. “And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm” (Mark 4:37-39, NKJV).
Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, NKJV). Allow me to substitute the word ‘storms’ for tribulation. In this world, we will all have storms. But, if we are walking with Jesus, we can be of good cheer because He overcame the world. He overcame the greatest of all storms, death and the grave.
When storms inevitably come, Jesus can speak peace into the storm-tossed life. Although the wind and waves may blow across the surface, “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27, NKJV). Scripture declares, “Behold, the Lord God shall come with a strong hand” (Isaiah 40:10, NKJV). When the tempest rages, we may rest assured that He is in control. He is the Master of the Sea and the Master of Life’s Storms.
Jesus said, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.”
(Mark 4:39, NKJV)
~ Brother Roy