From The Chaplain’s Desk
Mark 4:37-41 is a good reminder of what we need to consider when we are hit with the "storms of life.”
A friend of mine, who is a professional driver in every sense of the word, recently endured a very difficult time in his life. A time in which I am sure he could see no way out. A storm in life, as we will call it. We all find ourselves in the midst of life’s storms at times. The Bible tells us that "it rains on the just and the unjust alike". Matthew 5:45. However, as obedient Children of God, we are not at the mercy of those storms. We have access to peace in the midst of storms, a refuge, a strong tower, a savior, and the knowledge that we serve a God that speaks to the wind and calms the seas, but it’s up to us to walk in the power of that knowledge.
The scriptures are clear that God does not want us to walk in fear, but rather to stand in faith. We can stand in faith against the spirit of fear only because of our knowledge of God’s proven faithfulness to come through on His promises. However, while His love is contingent on nothing, the promises of God are contingent on our obedience to His commandments. This is why we find over and over in scripture that there is a correlation between walking in obedience to God’s instructions and commandments and walking in the peace of God. There is comfort and strength in knowing that, if God calls you to it, He will get you through it. Trust Him and be at peace. The truth is that life for a Christian isn’t really about avoiding the storms, but about learning to keep our focus on Jesus in the midst of them. If you never encounter a stormy sea, you’ll never learn how to calm one, and you’ll never understand the majesty, power, compassion, and faithfulness of the God you serve.
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