What stormy weather has swept into your life? Peter and his fellow disciples were being tossed about in a boat on a wind-swept sea. The “storms of life” may blow through as financial setbacks, serious health issues, broken relationships, or even the loss of loved ones. Whatever form our storm takes, even if it arrives without warning, it needn’t leave us in a state of panic. Life has taught most of us to expect the unexpected, hasn’t it? Thoughtfully consider the following questions. Having these things settled in advance will bring you safely through all types of stormy weather.
1. Where is my place of shelter? My place of safety? Yesterday, in Part 1 of this post, we left with Peter sinking into the stormy sea, crying out for Jesus to save him, which, of course, He did. Most of the disciples had thought their place of safety was the boat. Only Peter took the courage to step out, right into the raging sea, at Jesus’ call. And yes, he walked on the water, too . . . until he doubted. Jesus said, “You of little faith. Why did you doubt?” So why did he doubt?
Even Peter had to learn that stepping out into the water wasn’t enough. He had to keep his eyes fixed on Jesus. It wasn’t until he took his eyes off Him, and put them on the wind and the waves, that he started to sink. His safety was in Jesus, alone. “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” (Psalm 91:1-2)
2. Do you have plenty of food and water? Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:35) Jesus is the Word, the Bread of Life. We have His written word available to us. It is our “manna in the desert.” Reading the Word during the storms of life can be very comforting and I highly recommend it, but reading the Word daily? Even in the good times? That is “storm preparation extraordinaire!” His wisdom is available, at the opening of the book. OR at the pushing of a button on your smart phone, if you choose to go that route. But get into His Word!. He also provides living water. “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” (John 7:38) He gives HIs Holy Spirit to all who receive Him as their Savior and Lord. His Spirit, indwelling YOU…and ME! Is that not amazing? In the midst of any storm you can say, “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (Psalm 118:6)
3. What will you do when you lose power? The enemy will do everything in his power to steal our strength and courage during stormy times. His specialty is taking advantage of our weakest areas and hardest times. But he can only do it if we let Him. Let the Word of God speak . . .
“. . . The One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” (1 John: 4:4)
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)
Know that “(you) can do all things through Him who strengthens (you).” (Philippians 4:13)
“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:28-31)
Our God is in control! When we are weak, He is strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10) Be assured of this . . . That same Jesus who walked across the water with His hand extended to Peter, will meet you in your storm. Just keep your eyes fixed on Him.
That’s the view from here . . .