Peace In the Storm: How To Respond To Difficult Times
Sometimes no matter what you do, you can’t control the things going on around you. From news reports of ebola virus breakouts to terrorism and threats, it seems like there is trouble all around. And what do you do when trouble hits home? When a loved one dies or a child gets into an accident or worse, arrested for drug possession? What do you do when one day it seems everything is going well, then the next it seems your life is in a storm?
There are times when you will see storms in your life. Don’t believe me? Keep living. No matter what life throws at you, you don’t have to take it laying down, at least not in the “normal” way. You see, in Mark 4, Jesus shows us how to face the storms in our lives.
(37) A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. (38) Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
(39) He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
(40) He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” (NIV)
What I love about this story is Jesus, in his understanding of Kingdom principles, knew that he could whether any storm by keeping his cool and in this instance, literally laying down.
So here’s the question of the day? What are some things that are going on in your life that you know deep down you have absolutely no control over, yet you keep trying to fight against them? If you’re honest, you really would like to do just what Jesus did and simply lay down.
My friends, we don’t have to fight our battles or get through difficult times as the world does. In fact, we don’t have to fight in our physical nature at all. In fact the Word tells us to cast ALL our cares on God. He is the one who fights for us. This storm that you’re in is a spiritual matter that God has already equipped you to win. Take a look at what the Word says about spiritual warfare:
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Eph 6:12, NIV)
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. (2 Cor 10:4, NIV)
So I want to challenge you today, whatever storm or challenge you fact today, don’t see it with your natural eye. See it in the spirit and ask God to give you divine wisdom and discernment to get through this. As believers, we have an opportunity now more than ever, to honor God by asking Him, through prayer, to open the heavens and allow his Kingdom to come and His will to be done. Why not seek His answers to your problems? He knows exactly what you’re going through and he can help you make sense of what’s going on around you and give you peace that surpasses understanding in the midst of any storm.
May His Peace be with you!
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27, NIV)