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Jesus Still Calms the Storms by Lisa Burkhardt Worley

“He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm” (Mark 4:39 NIV).

I was on my way home from a ministry meeting when I saw dark, heavy clouds looming in the distance. I called my husband, Jeff, and asked, “Is there a bad storm in our area?” He checked the radar and confirmed. “Yes, and you are going to run right into it. It looks nasty, so just pull over if you need to, and wait it out.”

That was an option, but I decided to pray first, believing the Lord could silence this weather system. Lord, will you calm the storm so it is not an issue? You know how much I hate being in the middle of a heavy thunderstorm. I continued forward and as I traveled closer to where the storm was supposed to be moving, there was moderate rain and nothing more. I praised God and made it home—without incident.

I told Jeff that I had no weather trouble so he checked the radar again and said, “It looks like all the red stuff died out on IH 35.” IH 35 is about a half-mile away from the road I was traveling, and I suspect the storm dissipated at the exact time that I prayed!

Jesus still quiet the storms, not only the physical storms, but the emotional storms that are also happening in our lives. The key is to trust that He is able to turn chaos into peace—sometimes through one believing prayer.

What difficulties are bearing down on you right now? Do you believe that Jesus has the ability to calm your storms?

Lord, we lay all of our storms at your feet and believe that you can bring peace in the midst of turmoil. We thank you in advance for how you will work in and through these scenarios. AMEN

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The Calm After the Storm by Mayada Naami

God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding. He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’ and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’ So that everyone he has made may know his work, he stops all people from their labor (Job 37:5-7, NIV).

Millions of lives have been touched in one way or another by powerful storms. From hurricanes to record–breaking rainfalls and snowstorms, these unsettling and unpredictable events can bring fear and anxiety. Yet, In Job 37, the Bible says God does great things beyond our understanding so that everyone he created may know His work. During the storm, we see the wonders of His work and He temporarily stops us from our laboring to reflect on the His powerful ways. This can be applied to spiritual storms as well as physical storms. In the middle of a spiritual battle, we can be still and seek shelter in Him. We can let His Word remind us that even when the storms come, we can seek shelter and comfort in His promises.

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm (Mark 4:39, NIV).

Dread of the unknown can sometimes create a spirit of fear, especially when you are battling a storm. Faith is necessary to overcome anxiety. In the Bible, when Jesus calms the storm in Mark 4:40, He said to His disciples “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”  Troubles, trials, and tribulations in life are like storms. Every time a storm comes your way, God wants to see you stand strong in your faith and trust His ways.

He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed (Psalm 107:29, NIV).

He allows the storms in your life because that is how your faith grows. Miracles happen when you stand tall in the middle of a storm, knowing you have Jesus with you. Even though they had Jesus with them on the boat, the disciples were so fixated on the storm, they were afraid. How many of us know that feeling of terror when we are faced with a storm? How many of us forget that Jesus is with us through the storm?

There will be a shelter to give shade from the heat by day, and refuge and protection from the storm and the rain (Isaiah 4:6, NIV).

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