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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Peace Through the Storm

God wants us to have peace in our lives. He wants us to experience peace no matter what may be going on around us. He wants us to feel peace no matter what storms we face may be causing the boat of our lives to be tossed and battered by the waves of fear, worry, and anxiety. He wants us to have peace that surpasses all understanding. We can find that peace when we have a relationship with Jesus. When Jesus is in our lives, no storm can possibly overcome us.

In Matthew 8:23-27, the disciples were in a boat when suddenly a great storm arose, causing the boat to be thrown about and covered by the waves. The disciples began to panic. But, what they had forgotten is that Jesus was in their boat. They had seen Him heal the sick, give sight to the blind, and feed a multitude with five loaves of bread and two fish, but still they panicked, despite the fact that He was right there with them. When they called on Him to save them, He spoke to the wind and the waves and immediately the storm was calmed.

When we are facing storms in our lives, there is no need to panic as the disciples did in that boat if we have Jesus in our lives. Instead, we need to follow the instructions that have been given to us in Philippians 4:6-7. We should not be anxious about anything. Although the storm may be raging, Jesus is in the boat with us and He can calm any storm.

Instead of worrying, instead of being anxious or afraid, we need to talk to God. We need to pray, with thanksgiving, letting God know what is troubling us, letting Him know what we need. When we do, we will receive that peace that goes far beyond what we can understand. That peace comes through Jesus. The storm may still be there, but Jesus will calm the wind and the waves in our hearts, allowing us to face the storm without fear, worry, or anxiety. We will face the storm with peace.

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