We’ve all been through big storms. The rain comes down hard, the thunder is loud and darkness is all around. The sun is nowhere to be found and the only light that we see is periodic lightening brightening the sky. If the electricity is still working we hear news of thunderstorm or tornado warnings. We may be directed to enter a safe place in our home until the system passes us by. All of these factors can be very alarming. Yet I have been through numerous storm warnings in my life and I am sure you have too. The best way to get through the storms is to get to a safe place, and stay there until the storm passes. The main thing we must remember is to stay calm because then we can think straight. We won’t panic and make decisions based on our panic state. Knowing that we have been through hundreds of storms before and each one went away helps us to live through yet another one.
In our Christian walk we are going to go through storms. Nobody said that once we become a Christian storms will automatically pass us by. The disciples of Jesus were in a boat one time and a sudden storm hit. All of the sudden they were fearing for their lives. The waves were beating heavily on the boat and the boat was rocking from side to side. In the midst of the storm Jesus was in the back room of the boat sleeping. Scared out of their mind the disciples woke Jesus. “Jesus”, they said “Don’t you care that we are going to parish?” Jesus got up and the first thing he did was admonish them. “Oh ye of little faith”, he said. Then he commanded the storm to calm and the storm was no more.
It’s interesting the words ye of little faith that he used. In our daily lives when the storms hit us we tend to panic like the disciples did. Just like in their case where Jesus was in the boat he is in our boat too if we have asked him into our heart. With Jesus on board there is no reason to fear no matter how scary the storm is.
So I ask you this question today. Do you have little faith or big faith? Little faith is faith that everything is OK as long as everything is going well. Big faith is faith that everything is OK no matter what the circumstances are.
When Jesus comes into our hearts he gives us a peace that passes all understanding. The problem that we have is that we don’t always live in that peace. We can be like ten of the twelve spies in the Bible who came back and reported that the enemy was too big. They were looking at the problems instead of the promise. Isn’t that what we do when we get all upset because all we see is the obstacles? So how do we keep the peace even through the tough times? How do we go through the storms with big faith?
We will keep the peace if we are honest with everyone. We cannot be at peace inside when we are not truthful. II Corinthians 10 verses 4 and 5 tell us to Cast down imaginations and everything that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. When we don’t believe that God will get us through a situation aren’t we not casting down these imaginations? Have you ever heard that 95% of the things we worry about never happen?
When you are in the storm remember who is on the boat with you. Remember all of the storms that you have been through in the past with his help. Find the peace that only he can give. Lean on the Lord and seek his peace above all else. Remember that whatever you are going through will pass. After it is over you will have a story to tell. You see without a test we have no testimony. The weather in our heart can be sunny and warm even when the storms on the outside are at their worst. Always remember who is the center of our peace with this saying “No Jesus, No Peace—Know Jesus, Know Peace!”
The Weather of My Heart
by Lewis Hamilton c 1997 From the book “The Gardener and My Garden”
We call the weather line
it’s such a big concern
will rain ruin our weekend
or will the weather turn?
Is there a storm brewing?
It’s very important to me
Turn the TV on right now
and switch to channel three
The weather alert is flashing
there’s a “W” on the screen
The “W” stands for warning
what kind of warning could it be?
We plan our daily activities
from data we have found
wanting to make good decisions
from information that is sound
Do you ignore the weather
that goes on inside?
Is the river of your heart at peace
or is there a high tide?
Are your insides dark and cloudy
and is there always strife
from winds racing out of control
every day of your life?
You can see the forecast on your TV
the screen’s within your eyes
Are they raging from tornado winds
and seas about to rise?
Do you ignore the inside storm
denying that it’s there,
or should you take some action
to show you really care
The Lord saw my stormy inside
and said he’d calm my sea
He’d make my sun shine all the time
his peace he’d give to me
Now my inside weather’s peaceful
although outside it may rain
I’ve discovered who can control
my inside weather vane
I know now just as I’m concerned
what the weather report will be,
It’s more important what the weather is
deep inside of me
For Jesus spoke to my sea that day
He called, Peace be still
There is sunshine every day for me
as I live now in his will