Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” ~Matthew 8:23-27
Often the hardest times we find to endure on our Christian walk are those of great trials. When we begin to look at the situations and circumstances; we are immediately taking our eyes off God who is our help and comfort ALWAYS and through all things. Now that is certainly easy for me to state at a time when there is no storms in my own life. With all veracity I’ll admit that I’ve been in the midst of my greatest storms running around the ship looking for the Lord to calm the storm. Many of us have found ourselves doing just that, only to find Jesus at peace in all of God’s strength… resting in the hull of the ship!!!! Ahhh… sweet Jesus! Who has faced more unwarranted trials than our Lord Jesus? Throughout every one of life’s most difficult offerings Jesus faced the issue with a peace and calm that was ALWAYS filled with a graceful Love.
Many times Jesus did not calm the storms that He faced… but He confronted them FEARLESSLY! Being that Jesus was no brave, valiant centurion… how was He able as a simple man to face and overcome the many difficulties that filled His life? Some will answer this question by stating; “He was no simple man… he was after all God!”
Doesn’t the Scripture say that Jesus put aside His Divine nature? Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; making himself NOTHING, he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, – Philippians 2:5-7 We must accept that Jesus walked this earth as a man. We must also realize that His ability to be MORE than a conqueror in all things (EVEN UNTO THE CROSS) was due to His obedience to the Father. His Trust in God our Father.
When we resolve to LOVE and trust God we will have a measure of Faith that saves us not only to eternal Salvation… but even through this life’s most dire trials. We may not have the faith that would allow us to stand up and command a “Katrina or Irene moment” with the forceful words, “PEACE BE STILL!” by the authority of Jesus’ name. Yet as previously stated… Jesus did not command every storm in His life to cease. Yet our Lord was ever at peace within.
Therefore I say we must be at peace within. We have the ability to command the storm of fear that may be brewing within us, “PEACE BE STILL!” Certainly we can stand on the TRUTH.
- For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. ~2 Timothy 1:7
- 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
- For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” ~ Romans 8:15
- There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. ~ 1 John 4:18
Jesus made Himself nothing that He would take on the life of mortal man and accomplish all that God had purposed for the Salvation of mankind. WE must make ourselves NOTHING so that we can accomplish the goals set before us to the Higher call in Christ Jesus. When we become nothing we are then prepared to participate in His divine nature.
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 2 Peter 1:3-4
In this knowledge we can walk confidently in everyway that Jesus walked. Remember what He told the disciples? “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” –John 14:12
Whatever your storm, be at peace, truly Christ is with the Father ❤