11th April 2013

The Storms Of Life

“Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.”
Psalm 107:28-29 (NIV)

Have you ever noticed that sometimes the storms of life look a bit like the recent super storm Sandy that hit the east coast of the US, a thousand miles across and full of destructive power?

That can be utterly terrifying! Just like the disciples in a small fishing boat in the middle of the lake of Galilee between 3 and 6 am one morning. This story is recorded in Matthew 14: 24-33 and using the Amplified Version, verse 24 tells us that the boat was beaten and tossed by the waves, for the wind was against them. Then Jesus came to them walking on the sea. But they didn’t recognise him.  They thought he was a ghost and they screamed out with fright! Sometimes we too don’t recognise Jesus when he appears to help us because our fear paralyses us, just as it did the disciples.

But he called out to them saying, “Take courage! I AM! Stop being afraid!” (verse 27) Here, in this churning raging storm Jesus uses a name that belongs to God alone, he tells them he is the great “I AM”—this is the very name with which he identifies himself to Moses when he appeared in a burning bush. (Exodus 3:14). Peter, the impetuous one, asks to come to him on the waves.  Jesus says, “Come!” and after a very courageous few steps on the water, Peter becomes afraid again and begins to sink.  Jesus grabs him and pulls him out saying, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” That’s a great question for all of us, not just Peter!

Notice, as they get into the boat the storm subsides, the wind is hushed and all is calm. That’s what happens whenever Jesus steps into our storm and comes alongside us. Christ has not spoken to this storm, nor has he rebuked it.  It seems like it just knew that the creator God—the great I AM, had arrived to comfort his team.

Whenever the next storm arrives in our lives to buffet us, it would be great if we just remember those comforting words—“Take courage! I AM! Stop being afraid!” Realise that he is on hand to comfort and deliver us, as he says in Isaiah 65:24 (Amplified), “And it shall be that before they call I will answer; and while they are yet speaking I will hear.”

Thank you, Lord, that you are only a breath and a whisper away for every one of us.  Help us to call out your name in faith, rest in your strength and witness your deliverance in our lives because of your love.

cliffneillAbout the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in the Worldwide Church of God UK Congregation in Luton.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God 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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