11th March 2019

When the Storms of Life Swoop Down 

“He hushed the storm to a gentle whisper, So that the waves of the sea were still.”
Psalm 107:29 (AMP)

On TV over the past year we have witnessed many storms in many places on the face of the earth. They come suddenly with a destructive force that blows our puny minds. Ripping and shredding everything, nothing stands in their way—homes, cars, trees, or people. The outcome is devastation, pure and simple, which of course brings heartache, grief, misery and suffering, and even death for those who are in their path.

Storms are no respecter of persons—whether we are rich or poor, good or bad, old or young, they leave in their wake a people who have had everything taken from them. People who have had everything they possess crushed and mangled and blown away forever. That must be a devastating experience—but what about the storms of life? As you well know, they also descend upon us like a hawk on a helpless chicken. We face financial problems, health problems, relationship problems and many other things that bring fear, worry, suffering and a sense of helplessness into our lives. Most times we are not quite sure just what to do next, or where to go for that matter; isn’t that true?

The disciples of Jesus faced a major storm while rowing across the Sea of Galilee early one morning about 3am. Matthew 14:22-33 records that the little boat was “tossed and battered by the waves.” This was no gentle swell, but a storm to terrify even these seasoned fishermen. The story tells us that they saw a shadowy figure coming towards them on the waves. The Amplified NT tells us that they thought it was a ghost and they screamed out in fright!

And right there in the middle of this story about a great storm, a story of fear and trembling, there is a word that has the power to still the storms of terror in every one of us. Jesus spoke to them instantly saying “Take courage! I Am! Don’t be afraid!” Most translations have “I am he or It is I” but the original uses the great and mysterious self-revealing name of God “I Am Who I Am!” The name of the One who spoke to Moses out of a burning bush, Jesus wanted to let his disciples know just how big their God is. The storm abated and those in the boat worshipped him.

In another storm on the same Sea recorded in Mark 4:35-41, he rebukes the wind and the waves, calming them, and the disciples who were filled with awe and fear said to each other: “Who then is this, that even the wind and sea obey him?” Answer: The Great I Am! He can hush the storms in our lives too if we go to him in prayer—isn’t that great?

Lord Jesus, come rebuke the storms in our lives, as only you can.

Study by Cliff Neill


About the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk


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