Hello everyone! Hope you are safe and sound! 🙂
Lately, where I’m staying has been very cold and windy! Just yesterday there was a powerful cold front (with 100km/h winds), thunderstorms and there was also hail! According to Perth Now, “Heavy rain caused mass flooding throughout Perth, bringing roads and freeways to a crawl, while the storm uprooted trees and ripped off branches like confetti, downing power lines that left 60,000 households without electricity.”
Wow, I thank God that my house still has electricity and this morning at church, the electricity came back just in time before our service started! 🙂 I’m also really glad that the storm didn’t come early and I managed to stay back for OCF on Friday night (even though I received a phone call asking me to come home early). I’m really thankful for His protection!
I was really surprised when I read my devotion today, it touches on a similar topic about howling winds, booming thunderclaps and lighting flashes. It was a perfect timing, like God knew that I needed the assurance when the storm came! =)
Here’s the the devotion from ODJ:
Greater by Remi Oyedele
Howling winds, booming thunderclaps, and lightning flashes tend to make me nervous, even when I’m sheltered in a safe, dry place. Gentle rain showers I can handle. It’s the clamor and din of an intense storm that get me. So Jesus could well have been speaking to me when He asked His disciples, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” (Mark 4:40).
Caught in the midst of a raging storm, the disciples must have stared incredulously at their slumbering rabbi. Waking Him, they asked reproachfully, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” (Mark 4:38). When Jesus rebuked the storm and all became calm, the terrified men couldn’t believe their eyes. “ ‘Who is this man?’ they asked each other. ‘Even the wind and waves obey him!’ ” (Mark 4:41).
By that time, the disciples had seen Jesus do and say enough to have an inkling of His identity. Yet the pounding waves made them lose perspective to the point of wondering who their Teacher really could be. I can imagine how they felt. When facing a storm in life, I often forget that I’m safe in Him and instead allow circumstances to make me anxious.
The noise and turmoil of life have a way of obscuring our vision from the truth of God’s Word and who He is. Isaiah 30:15 says, “Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength.” When we turn off our distractions and rest quietly in God’s presence, His peace permeates our hearts and strengthens our confidence.
Rather than using our minds to conjure up images of calamity and chaos, we will see—as the disciples did—that He who is with us is greater than the storms we face, no matter how large and loud they are.
Read Psalm 107:23-30 for the Bible’s view of who is ultimately in control of all things.
What’s frightened you the most about a storm (physical or emotional) you’ve experienced? How does the knowledge that God is greater than our storms impact the way you feel?
Here’s a nice song to sum it all up…
Our God by Chris Tomlin