"These things I have spoken unto you,
that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be
of good cheer; I have overcome the world." John 16:33
There are several
accounts of Jesus calming storms during His earthly ministry. He was indeed in
charge of the storms and, well, all of nature! Today I would like to talk about
the storms that come in terms of trials, blow us from side to side, toss us
about, and just plain wear us out. Perhaps you are in the middle of one of
life’s storms this very moment. Take comfort in the fact that even though God
seems distant, He is right there with you and will always be God.
Not only will we
experience personal trials in life, but collectively as the body of Christ,
hard times are guaranteed! Jesus told His followers something that is
completely applicable to us today: He told them that He desired peace for them
and that “when” (not “if”) trouble came upon them, they had every reason to
rejoice because He has overcome the world. You may be wondering “How in the
world can I be calm, cool, and collected with all that’s going on around me and
when the world seems to be falling apart?” I realize that chaos seems to be at
an all-time high, but God’s power has not diminished one bit!
Whatever storm you
may be facing, are getting ready to face, or have just finished facing, take
consolation in the fact that Jesus is still in control of the storms. He is
still in the business of giving peace. He is never going to be thwarted by the
horrible condition of a world system that is reaping the consequences of following
Satan and his sinful ways. God is in control—whether or not we understand—He
never sleeps or takes a vacation. Even when we fail to trust Him, He’s always
trustworthy. Whatever your storm, keep placing your confidence in the Lord!
*Pastor John's weekly devotionals can be heard on WFBM 90.1 and 90.5 Saturdays at 5:30 AM and 4:30 PM.