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Peace! God is With You In The Storm

“Be still, and know that I am God.”
— Psalm 46:10

“Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles, it empties today of its strength.”
– Corrie Ten Boom

As Christians, we’re called to heal the world, care for the broken, love our family and neighbors, work to restore the earth, restore justice, and restore peace. We take it seriously.

And it’s a big job. What we often forget, though, is that we’re not called to do it all, and we’re not called to do it alone.

God doesn’t ask or need us to save the world; He’s got that covered — He asks us to come alongside His work, His movement, His efforts here.

We’re not asked to shoulder the burden of a broken world — we get to be a part of something beautiful and meaningful. We can do our part, and trust that an all-powerful God will hold the world in His perfect love.

In Luke 8, Jesus and the disciples set sail to spread the good news in a nearby city, and Jesus promptly falls asleep aboard the ship. A storm breaks out — Jesus keeps snoozing. When the disciples wake Him in a panic, Jesus is less than impressed. After telling the storm to knock it off, He turns to the disciples and asks,

Where is your faith? — Luke 8:25

They didn’t need to be worried — it was under control.

The ship arrives safely and when Jesus steps ashore He is immediately greeted by a naked, demon-possessed man shouting at Him. After casting the demons into a herd of pigs He is then almost crushed by the clamoring crowd, heals a sick woman, and raises Jairus’s daughter from the dead. I guess it’s a good thing He got some rest, right?

Psalm 46 paints a bold picture of our God. He is “our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). He is here, with us, watching over this earth (Psalm 46:5). He breaks weapons and makes wars cease (Psalm 46:9). And He says to each of us,

Be still, and know that I am God. — Psalm 46:10

Let’s choose to have faith, and get the rest our bodies and souls so desperately need. Let’s follow Jesus’s example, sleeping soundly in spite of the raging storm, because we know God is in control. And let’s be still, because we know that He is God.

Be still

Be still

PRAYER CONFESSION
Dear Heavenly Father,  you are my refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. I will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea.  The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is with me, the God of Israel is my fortress. The hand of God is on my life for grace and for favor. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.