Can I say out loud that I think that’s not always true?
Oh no, I hear a rumbling in the church pews! Before you start screaming heresy and picking up stones, I’d like to add, I believe He can… and there are times He does.
My God has more than enough power to quiet all the storms that rage, to still the mightiest of winds that threatens to beat us up and rescue us out of the water that longs to hold us under.
He wouldn’t even have to flex a muscle. He could just use His voice, “Be Still” and complete peace would awe even the toughest skeptic.
But I have a hard time with promising such things. I don’t speak for God. He needs no spokesman but I guess I’m tired of God getting a bad wrap and maybe it’s because we win people with things that aren’t completely accurate about God and then there’s a let-down effect.
Too many times people come to Jesus because they hear “He’ll fix your problem” or “He’ll calm your storms” and when the storm continues to rage they think, “Well, obviously this is a bunch of junk. This ‘Jesus’ didn’t do anything for me! My storm still rages!”
They are let down and put out with God because they point at Him and say, “He didn’t do what He was supposed to do!”
Truth is… I’d love an easy life. I’d love a life without storms, without trials, without pain… and fortunately that’s a life that’s in my future (it’s called Heaven). But I’m not home yet. I’m still here standing with the wind smacking me in the face, and the water filling up the bottom of my boat!
Hey… I’ll let you in a little secret…
Life Is Hard…
He indeed is our Savior! Our hope and rescue. He is with us. That is what He promises.
He might and He might not calm our storm, but His promise to walk with us in the midst of that storm stands true! There have been many times I’ve cried out to God to change my circumstances or my frustrations and He chooses not to. And in this moment, with His own way, He calms ME… not the storm… ME! And even when the waters rise or the wind picks up, I’m fine. I’m at peace.
So don’t hesitate to ask God to calm your storm. You’re not crazy for wanting the rocking of your boat to cease! We all wait for the moment we feel the settling of the water, and we can finally look up to witness the clouds parting, with promises of better days ahead.
If you are in a storm, know that an even greater promise remains, One that promises to carry you through the storm! He is not ignoring you, He is near, He loves you, and if He’s not stilling the storms He’s wanting to still YOU. A Peace that holds your hand, calms your fears, silences your questions and brings strength to your heart and soul.
Be still, and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10).