What to do in a Storm…
In Matthew 8: 23-27 we are told about an event that happens while the disciples are living their lives with Jesus. As they are crossing a lake, a violent storm comes upon them.
Mat 8:24 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves;
This storm was a physical event but we can use this story as an illustration of storms that come upon us in life circumstances. This storm was unanticipated - it caught the disciples by surprise. It was completely uncontrollable - it was not their fault that this storm had arisen and there was nothing they could do to cause the storm to die down. Storms can be violent. They can seem to be almost life threatening as the waves of the storm swamp our lives.
There are many circumstances that could come upon our lives like a storm. It could be that your child has taken some bad decisions (become addicted to drugs or been influenced by the wrong company). It could be sickness that comes upon your life unexpectedly. Maybe the financial crisis has had a particularly devastating effect on your income. All these and many other things can come upon the life of a Christian.
In the situation that the disciples were in, there were 2 vastly different reactions to the storm. The disciples allowed the storm to dominate their internal state. They began to panic and they became completely dominated by the storm and by its effects in their lives. Jesus on the other hand was asleep. It was as though the physical storm on the outside had completely no effect on his inner world. He refused to allow the storm to dominate his life and his thinking. He was in perfect peace in the midst of a raging storm. His peace came from God and from a life of faith (We know this because he rebuked the disciples for their lack of faith).
No matter what storm life throws at you. Let the peace of God and His rest govern your life.