In the message “Patiently Trust His Timing” we considered Abraham and Sarah as they waited for God’s promise through the birth of Isaac. Waiting for God’s direction and blessing can be a great test of our faith, but waiting on God for our rescue can be an even greater challenge.
There are three great storms detailed in the New Testament. The first occurred when Jesus was crossing the Sea of Galilee with His disciples. Jesus was asleep when the storm began, and the disciples became afraid and woke Him: “Lord save us! We’re going to drown!” (Matthew 8:25). Jesus rebuked the disciples for their fear and proceeded to calm the storm; “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” (Matthew 8:26).
The second storm occurred immediately after the miraculous feeding of over five thousand people. This time, Jesus sent the disciples across the sea by themselves. When the storm rose up, Jesus went out to meet them…walking on the water. As Jesus again calmed the storm, He spoke the same message against fear; “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid” (Matthew 14:27).
The last storm occurred about thirty years after Jesus was crucified. Paul had proclaimed the gospel through much of the Roman empire and was being transported by boat to stand trial in Rome. A storm arose which blew the ship terribly off course. The ship was battered and tossed for several days; “We finally gave up all hope of being saved” (Acts 27:20).
It must have been difficult to trust God’s timing as the storm continued through the many long days and sleepless nights. But as hope was fading away, God sent an angel to Paul with a familiar message.
“Last night an angel of the God whose I am and whom I serve stood beside me and said, ‘Do not be afraid.'”
There may be times when our ability to trust is severely tested. But our faith in God – in His ability to hold us secure – must be independent of the force of the wind. Though the winds may blow, we remain in His hands and must not fear; “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, but even if He does not…” (Daniel 3:17-18).
Most storms last longer than we prefer. But our Heavenly Father is leading us to the place where we can have peace, contentment, and even joy, whether the sun is shining or the storm is raging. He is calling us to be free of fear, calling us to trust Him more and experience His calm within the storm.
Have a Christ Centered Day!
God’s Daily Word Ministries
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Aug 21 Job 1:1-3:26; 1 Corinthians 14:1-17; Psalm 37:12-28; Proverbs 21:25-26