There Is Peace in The Storm
Vincent Van Gogh once said, there is peace even in the storm." I can give testimony of the truth in these words because when I have encountered many trials, I have felt God's peace. A peace that I cannot explain and that many do not understand. It is the so-called peace that surpasses all understanding. But this peace is only experienced if we surrender our cares to God in the middle of the storm and keep walking by faith. Have you ever felt peace in the middle of a storm?
I have, and it is the most puzzling and reassuring thing you can experience. For example, I have had many Pulmonary Embolisms encounters since 2015, and I have felt God's peace every time. Yes, they have been scary times, but in every encounter, I have felt a reassurance that God was there with me and that He would get me through. He always reminds me that He is in control and will not let me down. He gives us peace in the middle of the storm by reminding us that He is by our side. One of the best examples is in Daniel 3, when Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego faced the fiery furnace. They faced the fiery furnace with peace and the confidence that God would deliver them. “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, ‘O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to answer you in this matter. If this is so, our God whom we serve can deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.’” Daniel 3: 16-18. God put in them a peace that makes no sense, and they entered the fiery furnace worshiping Him. And the most amazing thing happened, He was in there with them. God also gives us peace by calming the storm like he did when a storm battled the boat where the disciples were. Jesus calmed the storm. He either calms the storm or fills us with His peace and lets us be aware of His presence.
God reminds us that, in the world, we may encounter many trials and storms, but He also reminds us to be calm because He overcame them. "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. John 16:33. He conquered all iniquity and overcame unto death to bring peace into our lives.
Today I want to invite you to call upon Him because He is the only one that can get you through the storm. He is greater than any problem or circumstance that you are experiencing now. He is the only one with the power to deliver you from the middle of the storm. He is our anchor and our guard. As Ryan Stevenson's song says:
In the eye of the storm
You remain in control
In the middle of the war
You guard my soul
You alone are the anchor
When my sails are torn
Your love surrounds me (Your love surrounds me)
In the eye of the storm.
He is our strength, and if we surrender to Him and trust Him, He will bring peace to our lives, even in the middle of the storm. He will be by our side even if we are walking through the valley of the shadow of death.