And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm.
The other day I was sitting outside in the sunshine, I was reading that days devotional from Oswald Chambers which had the curious title of “The Theology of Rest.” The verse was the sharp rebuke from Christ to the disciples in their fear of the storm on the lake. The point being highlighted was the need for confidence in God in all situations, including the storms of life. The statement that highlighted this best for me was “But our Lord has a right to expect that those who name His name have an underlying confidence in Him. God expects His children to be so confident in Him that in any crisis they are the ones who are reliable.”
I set down my book to ponder this as the summer breeze flowed through the trees; it was clear to me the confidence spoken of is that which stands steady in any storm, knowing who is in charge. Panic should not be in the heart of God’s children, but resting reassured in Him amidst the storm. I remembered the question of so many folk when I was diagnosed with a brain tumour; “Alan why are you so calm?” to which I smiled and replied “because I know Who is in charge.” After that thought I looked upwards into the tree and I saw a wee beastie hanging on a strand of web from the branch overhead. I could not see the gossamer thread, but I knew it was there…something was holding that wee beastie which was being buffetted by the warm summer breeze. And so it is with the child of God; people around them can’t see who is holding them secure, but they can see that someone is holding them securely.
Dear reader, do you have confidence in God, do you have His peace in the storms of life? Oswald Chambers would ask you, “are you reliable for God?” Let us not panic but be assured in the words of Paul to the Philippians:
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 1:6 (NASB)
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