A couple of years ago, Bruce and I were getting ready for bed when I noticed a bright light flooding through our bedroom window. My internal radar sounded an alarm as the flash flowed toward our backyard.
“Someone is out there!” I squealed. My sleepy-faced husband sat up in bed, parted the blinds, and scanned the terrain.
“It’s just the cops with a couple of dogs and flashlights,” he explained as he plopped back down under the covers.
“Aren’t you going out there?” I cried.
“Nah, I’m sure they are just looking for a robbery suspect that may have jumped into the lake. We’ll probably hear about it on the news in the morning.” I wanted him to jump out of bed, find a big bat, and head outside to defend our territory. Instead, he just rolled over, slurred a sluggish, “Good Night,” and started snoring away.
I lay in bed shaking for an hour. I wondered if all the doors were actually locked. I prayed the blood of Christ over every window and doorway in my home. I looked out the window nervously at least a million times.
My husband slept peacefully on through it all. In the morning, the sun shone brightly, and our house still stood. No one came to huff and puff and blow it down. The only evidence of distress was the dark circles under my distraught eyes.
I can’t tell you how many nights I’ve laid in bed flooded with fear and worry. I’ve imagined thousands of catastrophes and mentally written my own obituary. Rather than praying through my fears and pressing into the presence of Christ, I allow my thoughts to escalate into terror and trembling.
In Matthew 8, Jesus leads His disciples on a boat trip that sails straight into a storm. As the wind and waves begin to bash against the bulwark, the seasoned sailors on board forget every past experience at sea and panic.
Jesus is sleeping soundly through the turmoil. When frenzy on board awakens him, His placid response speaks of a peace that rises above squall:
“Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?”
Christ is calm because He knows who rules the whirlwind. And, I can rest because I know the Savior.
Jesus is our peace in the midst of the storm. Rather than living lives permeated with persistent fear, we can tack on to His strong arm and sail on with tranquility through the most brackish sea.
I want to invite you to spend time sitting at His feet this week remembering that He is Lord of the wind and waves. For the next 10 days, let’s spend a few minutes each morning meditating on a power-packed promise and plugging into God’s peace.
10 Power-Packed Promises to Plug You into God’s Peace
“But the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His steadfast love…He makes peace in your borders; He fills you with the finest of the wheat.” Psalm 147:11 & 14
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3
“Great peace have those who love Your law; nothing can make them stumble.” Psalm 119:165
“When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.” Proverbs 16:7
“My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.” Isaiah 32:18
“In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:8
“In just a little while, the wicked will be no more; though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there. But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.” Psalm 37:10-11
“I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
“For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but My steadfast love shall not depart from you, and My covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” Isaiah 54:10
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