Peace in the Storm
Hey Saints. I did a teaching recently on a WhatsApp group platform, titled, “God in the midst of the Storm”. Below are excerpts. Have an edifying read:
[4/20, 15:25] Manuel: We are to talk about God In The Midst Of The Storm.
[4/20, 15:25] Manuel: Let’s start of by first asking: What’s a storm in the context of our teaching theme?
[4/20, 15:25] Manuel: I mean, there are several meanings to the word, both in its noun and verb form…
But in the context of our teaching theme, we are using it in its noun form. A storm is the violent disturbance of the atmosphere, with strong winds and usually rain, thunder, lightening or snow.
[4/20, 15:25] Manuel: However, the word storm is used to describe life situations that bears it characteristics…
[4/20, 15:25] Manuel: Stormy situations!
[4/20, 15:25] Manuel: Who gets the gist?
[4/20, 15:25] Manuel: So, from the way our topic is couched, there is a presupposition that God is in the midst of the storm, even while we face it or them.
[4/20, 15:25] Manuel: Question then is: Is God in the midst of the Storm?
[4/20, 15:25] Manuel: Let’s see what Scripture has to say…
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
[4/20, 15:25] Manuel: Mind the highlighted words…
[4/20, 15:25] Manuel: I will never leave thee nor forsake thee…
[4/20, 15:25] Manuel: So, from this Scripture, we get the idea that there is never a time that God is not with us, whether the situation is stormy or rosy…
[4/20, 15:25] Manuel: God is with us all the time…
[4/20, 15:25] Manuel: As a matter of fact, He is aware we will face storms…
See His words for us during stormy situations: 👇👇👇
[4/19, 18:37] Manuel: Isaiah 43:1-2
But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.
When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
[4/19, 18:38] Manuel: John 16:33
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
So, we have awareness ahead of time about the storms of life…
That they will come…
We have victory through God who’s always with us,
An example of a storm is the current pandemic…
True or False?
[4/20, 15:25] Manuel: But having seen all these facts from Scripture, why do we sometimes, or all the time act like God is not in the midst of the storm?
[4/20, 15:25] Manuel: Or why does it look like God is not present in such times to us?
Well, let’s see answers from Scripture…
And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.
But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.
And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.
[4/20, 15:25] Manuel: The story of Peter walking on water…
[4/20, 15:25] Manuel: CHRIST bade him come even in the midst of the storm…
While his eyes were fixed on Jesus, he was fine in the storm, walking on water…
But when he fixed his gaze on the storm, fear cripped in, and he started sinking.
Same applies to us:
God is with us.
But we fall into the temptation of fixing our gaze on the stormy situations, and not on the one who’s with us…
When we take our faces of God, and fix it on the problem, analysing and calculating, its magnitude, we get overwhelmed by the stormy situations. Fear crips in…
We lose sight of God with us…
[4/20, 15:25] Manuel: We start sinking like Peter.
[4/20, 15:25] Manuel: It is our focus on the situation that births fear and cripples faith.
[4/20, 15:25] Manuel: But when we fix our gaze on Christ, faith is birthed, and fear is eliminated.
One more Scriptural example:. 👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾
And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.
And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.
And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?
And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?
And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
[4/20, 15:25] Manuel: Jesus was with them in the boat, but they had their minds troubled by the storm.
[4/20, 15:25] Manuel: Jesus Himself was in peace sleeping…
[4/20, 15:25] Manuel: See the difference?
[4/20, 15:25] Manuel: Isaiah 26:3
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
[4/20, 15:25] Manuel: Jesus’ mind was stayed on the Father….
He had peace in the storm, sleeping.
The disciples minds were stayed on the storm…
[4/20, 15:25] Manuel: They were troubled.
[4/20, 15:25] Manuel: So, because of time, a quick conclusion:
- God is with us at all times, even in the storm.
- We might lose sight of this when we get distracted by the storm, and not focus on the One with us in the storm.
- When this happens, we get overwhelmed, fear enters, faith exits, and we might be swept away by the situation, if God doesn’t intervene sovereignly. Of course, His love always does, but we would have fared better in peace and serenity, until the storm is calmed, if only we focused on the One with us.
(You know worry and anxiety can cause problems too…
We can avoid these by staying our minds on God.)
4. One of the things to do in the storm is to walk on it, with our faces set on the One with us. This implies taking faith inspired steps in the midst of storms, regardless.
5. Another thing to do is, sleep, with our minds stayed on God! This implies having peace, while taking faith inspired steps in the storm, because our minds our stayed on God, and not on the storm.