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He Calms the Waves

Janise Anderson


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Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses. He calms the storm, so that the waves are still.

- Psalm 107:28-29 (NKJV)


Rain drenched their boat as waves tossed against the sides. Water flooded around the ankles of the disciples.


These friends of Jesus were fishermen. They understood storms. They were not strangers to the sea and its dangers, but in this bleak moment, they feared for their lives. As terror seized the hearts of the disciples, Jesus, their friend and master, slept on.


Jesus was not oblivious to what was happening. When He had told the disciples to cross the sea, He knew what would happen next. He knew that in the middle of the night the storm would come.

But in that moment, when the disciples’ faith crippled under fear, Jesus arose and—with the command “Peace, be still!”—calmed the waves.

This story recorded in Mark 4 often came to mind last year. For over half a year, I was caught up in the storms of life. For months, I could feel the waves around me, and I realized how completely weak I was.


Like the disciples, I could not stop the storms. I could not escape the turmoil around me. But in that moment, when fear clamped around my heart, I turned to Jesus. Desperate and weary, I clung to Him. He did not immediately calm the waves, but He calmed my heart. He was my anchor through every trial that came.


God invites us to find peace in Him in the middle of storms. He does not send storms to hurt us or tease us, but to test us.


When we are in the middle of a raging storm, we come face to face with fear. Will we trust Him when the world flips upside down? Will we keep our faith when the sea tosses our small boat from side to side? When we are caught in the waves, will we remember how great God’s love is?


While I was facing these many storms, I read through Psalms. When I reached chapter 107, I was amazed! There, in verses 23 through 30, the Psalmist tells the story of the Lord calming storms on the sea.


This Psalm, written long before the events in the New Testament, depicts how our God will rescue us from the storms. Psalm 107:28-29 says, “Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses. He calms the storm, so that the waves are still” (NKJV).


Storms try our faith, but they also strengthen our relationship with God when we choose to rely on the strength only He can give. If you are facing a storm, turn to Him, cling to Him, and trust Him. He will calm the waves and watch over you.


Reflection

1. Are you caught in the middle of a storm? Do you feel like the waves are closing over your head?

2. Have you turned to Jesus? Do you trust Him to carry you through this storm? Do you believe that He can calm the storm inside your heart?


Prayer

Jesus, You are our Refuge, our Rock, and our Anchor. Even in the middle of life’s storms, we can trust You. I pray that we would turn to You and cling to You no matter what trials we face.



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