I’m sure we all can think of a time in our lives when there was a storm that seemed it would never end. Did you struggle for a long, long time before realizing you needed to ask for help? Did the storm calm down soon after you invited Jesus to help or maybe after you started praising Him for His will to be done and not yours? Luke 8:22-25 (NLT) says this:
22 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they got into the boat and started out. 23 As they sailed across, Jesus settled down for a nap. But soon a fierce storm came down on the lake. The boat was filling with water, and they were in real danger. 24 The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown. When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. The storm stopped and all was calm! 25 Then he asked them, “Where is your faith?” The disciples were terrified and amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “When he gives a command, even the wind and waves obey him!”
When I read this passage I, too was amazed at the power of Jesus. But the thing we need to learn is to call upon Him and praise Him in the storm as soon as the wind and waves begin to swell not after the boat is filling up. Sometimes that is easier said than done, I know, but Jesus said, we are promised trouble in this life.
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials(storms) and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33(NLT)
Jesus wants to help all of us in our storms. He will never leave our side that’s why all we have to do is ask for His help. He is ready to hold your hand throughout the storm even before you ask. It’s like walking along with the person you really yearn to be closer to but you don’t know if it is too soon to hold their hand or not. Then you think maybe I should just go ahead pick up their hand and hold it. But you don’t because you want them to make that conscious choice of choosing you. That is exactly how Jesus feels as He walks beside you. Can you imagine how He feels longing for you to just call on Him? He is ready and willing to help calm your storm the moment you ask. Actually He was ready and willing before you even spoke the words.
Dear Father in heaven help me to praise you in the storms of my life. Only you, Jesus can give me the peace I need in this storm. Lord, I ask for an increased measure of faith today. Please calm the wind and seas like only You can. Cover me, with your blanket of peace now as I praise You in this storm of mine. Amen!