“Those who go down to the sea in ships, Who do business on great waters, They see the works of the Lord, And His wonders in the deep. For He commands and raises the stormy wind, Which lifts up the waves of the sea. They mount up to the heavens, They go down again to the depths; Their soul melts because of trouble. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, And are at their wits’ end. Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble, And He brings them out of their distresses. He calms the storm, So that its waves are still. Then they are glad because they are quiet; So He guides them to their desired haven. Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! Let them exalt Him also in the assembly of the people, And praise Him in the company of the elders.”
Psalms 107:23-32 NKJV
“Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?””
Mark 4:39-40 NKJV
In the morning, my mind is as a turbulent sea, as I begin to think, perhaps too much, about all the things going on in my life and in the world I live in. By the time I have settled into my favorite chair for my time with the Lord, I am stirred up. Then, on comes the worship music, the Scriptures are opened, and I begin to settle.
I loved reading Psalm 107 this morning, as I could connect with the plight of the sailors on the sea, tossed to and fro on raging waves. In their desperation they called out to the Lord, and He delivered them. Then they rejoiced. All too often I have found myself caught up in upheaval, being thrown off my balance. I struggle as I might to gain footing, only to be tossed another direction.
Then I remembered.
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
Psalms 46:10 NKJV
In reflection, I wonder why I allow myself to forget in the first place, why I allow myself to become stirred and upset at things only Jesus can deal with. I am like the disciples on the boat, frantically worried about the boat sinking, as Jesus lay sleeping. The ship was filling with water and peril seemed near.
“But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?””
Mark 4:38 NKJV
Time and experience have taught me that God is more than able. Blessings have come to me, many I did not even ask for, because our God cares for us. As I have learned to rest in Jesus, I find that I have greater peace. Any stress I feel is because I have allowed myself to forget His faithfulness.
These days our world is being tossed on a turbulent sea, as a multitude of changes are occurring and there seems to be no pause in sight. I remember back in 2020, we all hoped that 2021 would be better, now as we reach the end of this year, the spectre of 2022 is looming, and things don’t look so good.
Rather than dread, I look to the future through Jesus, who holds all in His nail pierced hands. He has gone before me into that future.
Brothers and sisters, it is time to rest in Jesus. He is the one who can calm the storms, the ones inside us, and around us. He is glorious. Take comfort in that He is the One who raises and calms the seas. Let us rejoice and go forth to exalt Him in the assembly of the people. We have great assurance, blessed assurance in Jesus.
If you are once caught up in a storm right now, and you have never come to know Jesus, you too can know the One who calms the seas. I can testify of His great power. My life consisted of typhoon after typhoon, many conjured by my own efforts. My sin had made my life unlivable.
But Jesus saves!
Faithful sailors, having been spared from their own turbulent seas, came and told me about this God/Man who came to earth, lived a sinless life, and died for the sins of the world. They told me how He rose from the grave giving new life and the power to turn from sin. The Holy Spirit worked on my heart and prepared me to receive the Good News.
Today I live forgiven, transformed, and peace is near all the time. I can face the storms and what ever may come.
He has never let me down.
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