A lot of us are familiar with the story of Peter walking on the water toward Jesus. “And in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea. When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”” -Matthew 14:25-31 NASB
How many of us right now have taken our focus off of Jesus and put it on the storm happening all around us? It is so easy to get caught up in the wind and waves of the news; whole countries on fire, earthquakes where there normally aren’t any, global pandemic with alarming fatality numbers! Just to name a few of the waves. Worldwide storms as well as storms right in our own homes threaten our sense of peace and security. The enemy seeks “only to steal and kill and destroy”, but Jesus came that we “may have life, and have it abundantly.” -John 10:10 NASB. Life is much richer, and we are more productive and helpful to others, when we aren’t drowning in fear.
When we trust that God is in control and His plans for us are good – “For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” -Jeremiah 29:11 NASB – we can be at peace regardless of life’s circumstances. This doesn’t mean that we are exempt from having anything bad happen to us. It means that what happens to us will have purpose and our souls are protected. The Lord will be with us and see us through it all. We don’t need to fear illness, calamity, or even death. Death is merely the vehicle that delivers us into His Presence – the best place we could ever be!
It’s sad, yes. This life is full of heartache and pain, we all experience it and we don’t always know the whys and wherefores. And yet, for believers in the Lord Jesus Christ there is peace and hope in all circumstances. We can focus on Jesus and walk above the storm. It doesn’t mean that we’re not affected, it means we’re affected differently. “we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;” -2 Corinthians 4:8-9 NASB
Don’t focus on the storm around you. Read the news, keep up to date with what’s happening, but keep your FOCUS on Jesus, the One who controls the storm. In Him there is calm and peace . . . and hope! Always hope!
Love & prayers,