Peace in the Storm
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Peace is not the absence of war. It’s not the absence of conflict or problems. For a Christian, the real meaning of peace is found in Philippians 4:6-7 when Paul writes, “Be anxious for nothing, 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 minds through Christ Jesus.” There is a peace that only God can provide which surpasses all understanding. The world often asks the Christian, “How can you have peace with all you’re going through?” They ask, because they have never experienced a peace that goes beyond explanation or understanding.
In nature, there is a wonderful illustration of peace in the midst of a storm. In every hurricane, nature’s most destructive storm, there is a circle of absolute calm in the center. It’s called the eye of the hurricane. What a great illustration of the peace in a Christian’s life! We can be still and calm in the middle of the chaos that surrounds us. We can be centered and guarded in Christ, even when trouble abounds.
A Christian can have peace in the middle of any crisis, problem, or storm that arises. To someone who is guarded by Christ, peace does not mean the absence of problems, danger or enemies. Instead, peace is the understanding and knowledge that God is still in control – even in the middle of the storm.
We can be confident in knowing that our anxiety and stress can dissipate when we maintain continual conversation, requests, and prayer with Christ. When we keep our communication open and constant with the Lord, we find that peace becomes a more and more natural reaction in our situations. The more time I spend with God, the more easily I am able to take comfort and peace that He holds me and keeps me calm in the center of even my most destructive storms.
God is in control – even in the middle of my storm.
Lord, I am so thankful for Your control. You allow us to find comfort in even the most difficult of situations. I know you are present and helping me through the storms of my life. Thank you for being faithful to guard and protect me, and ultimately bring me peace. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.