Peace and calm in difficult situations

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Are you going through a storm in your life right now? I bet you know the story about Jesus calming the storm. Personally, it’s one of my favorites. Jesus and the disciples were in a boat and a storm arose. The disciples were frantic yet Jesus was sound asleep. The disciples woke Jesus up and He spoke to the storm, “Peace be still,” and the storm calmed down. The disciples had let the storm get into them and there is no way they were going to calm the storm on the outside while a storm of frantic worry and petrifying panic was raging inside them. Jesus, on the other hand, had peace in Him. He is Peace. He affected His surroundings with what He had on the inside. The next time you feel like you are in a storm, look inside you and if you have allowed the storm to get into you, calm the storm in your heart first then you will be able to analyze the situation and know what action to take to calm the storm on the outside. Do not let the storm get into your heart and mind. Change your surroundings. Do not let your surroundings change you.

However, if you are the cause of the storm then you will not calm the storm no matter how much you speak to it and shut it out of your heart and mind. When God sent Jonah to warn the people of Nineveh of punishment unless they repented, Jonah ran away from God and bought a ticket to Spain. On the ship to Spain a storm arose and Jonah was asleep as everybody else was crying out for their dear life. When Jonah woke up he had no authority to calm the storm because although he might have been at peace (seeing as he was fast asleep just like Jesus) he was running away from God’s call over his life. Jonah was feeling a sense of peace because his flesh was comfortable. He was in his comfort zone and did not want to get uncomfortable to pursue the life he was meant to be living at that particular moment.

You might be encountering a storm in your life because like Jonah you have bought a one way ticket to “away from God’s will” land. You are not where you should be and that is why there is a storm. When you live outside God’s will, you will encounter storms that might kill you (physically, emotionally or mentally) and not walking in God’s purpose and will also affects those around you. You could keep yelling, “Peace, be still,” and the storm keeps getting worse because you are in the wrong place.

When you are in God’s will you will still encounter storms. But you have the power to calm these storms down. Just don’t allow the storm to get inside your heart and mind.

“Do not let the storm get into your heart and mind. Change your surroundings. Do not let your surroundings change you.”

God bless you!

 

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