For those in the Christian faith, we are called to cultivate a culture of peace. The Gospel is, after all, called the Gospel of Peace. Now more than ever, our culture needs peace. So how does a person of faith cultivate peace? First, we understand that peace begins with reconciliation to God. We have been […]
This past week, the Carolinas were being slammed by the impact of hurricane Florence. As someone who lived on tidal water and knows the fright of these storms, especially during high tide, I continue to pray for all who are impacted. During the winds and rains, it is scary. Trees bend and fall, lights go out and you sit in the dark wondering what will happen. The power of the storm takes you back.
How do you stay calm when the winds rage around you, knocking down trees, power lines and flooding your home? The dark and unknown can be unnerving.
In the natural, it is almost impossible. The mind gives way to anxiety and worry. We see the power of the storm and feel helpless to stop the damage. We realize how frail life is and how easily swept away we can be.
But with God, peace is promised even in the storm. God is aware of the raging storm wether it is a storm of nature or one that rages within us. Through it all, He is with us. We don’t face difficulty and uncertainty alone.
With the sea raging around him, the apostle Peter had to step out in faith to meet the Lord. The minute he took his eyes off of Jesus, he began to sink. For a moment, Peter underestimated Jesus’ power, presence, and knowledge of his troubles. But to his credit, Peter shifted from doubt to what he knew to be true. Only God can calm the storms in our lives and bring peace. Only God can stop an anxious heart from fear.
Today the storms rage. But God is aware and can calm your heart and bring peace. These are not empty words. Peace in the storm is what God promises.
Psalm 112:7-8–He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look triumph on his foes.
2 Thessalonians 3;16 Now may the Lord of peas himself, give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.