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The Storm Before The Calm

    But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus came to them, walking on the sea.  And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out for fear. 
Matthew 14:24-26

    Usually there is a dead calm before a tornado strikes and growing up in tornado alley I have experienced several. The calm before the storm is often a warning of impending danger. In the Christian life it seems that the storm always comes first and then when the Lord involves Himself in the circumstance, the calm or peace comes.

    Jesus had just fed 5000-8000 people by a miracle of multiplication and when they had eaten He sent His disciples out in the boat to cross to the other side and He went up on a mountain to pray. While Jesus was praying the disciples were experiencing a storm on the water. Like us we get fearful when the storms of life come, forgetting past miracles of God's deliverance and the disciples were no different.

    Jesus came walking on the water towards the boat and the disciples thought He was a ghost and cried out for fear. Jesus said to them, "Be of good cheer! it is I; do not be afraid." Peter answered and said, "Lord if it is You, command me to come to you on the water." So He said, "Come." Peter stepped out of the boat and walked on water, something physically impossible for man to do, but Peter was doing it.

    As Peter walked toward the Lord he began to look at his circumstances with the wind and waves around him he suddenly took his eyes off Jesus and began to sink and cried out saying, "Lord, save me!" Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" When they entered the boat the wind ceased.

    The disciples experienced back to back miracles and were still afraid until Jesus calmed their storm and settled their fears. The storms of life shall surely come and when they do we must be prepared to handle them in faith and trust in Christ. The world doesn't understand how to stand in faith in the midst of trial and so fear dominates them along with a spirit of hopelessness. The Christian on the other hand is being trained through trials and storms to stand fast in faith putting his life in the hands of the Lord Himself.

    Are you in the midst of a storm? Is fear trying to overcome you? Do this: cry out for Jesus to calm your storm and bring peace back into your life. Immediately commit the storm into His care and rest in His faithfulness and quit looking at the circumstances and trust Him to deliver you, just like He did when Peter began to sink. Jesus is concerned for your welfare and wants you to walk in peace and calm, not fearing all the trials and tribulations that surround you.

   Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5,6

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