8th June 2012
Jesus Keep Us Calm
“A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
Luke 4:37-38 (NIV UK)
Have you noticed that often Christians find themselves in difficulties?
Here the disciples were in the midst of a furious storm. They thought they were in peril of their lives. They looked around for Jesus. Where was he when they needed him? Jesus had fallen asleep after a long, tiring day. When they woke him, Jesus got up and spoke to the whirling winds. “Quiet! Be still!” he said. Then the seas became completely calm. “Where’s your faith?” he asked his disciples, who were terrified as they watched the winds die down.
Nowhere in the Bible does God promise to keep us out of trouble: rather God tells us he will help us when we are in it. Psalm 46:1 tells us that “God is our refuge and a strength, and ever-present help in trouble.” He is there always with us. He just has to lift his voice and the weather obeys him. He intervenes on our behalf based on his loving response to our needs.
Whatever difficulty we may be in, whatever trouble is overtaking us, whatever storm is lashing over us, Jesus is there in our midst. His desire is to calm us down. He brings us inner peace, comfort and hope.
Father in heaven, thank you for Jesus who, through the indwelling Spirit, brings us peace when we are surrounded by troubles.
Study by James Henderson