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The Storms of Life!
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Pastor Cecil Thompson
Cecil Thompson

Psalm 65:5-7

"You answer us with awesome deeds of righteousness, O God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and the farthest seas, who formed the mountains by your power, having armed yourself with strength, who stilled the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the turmoil of the nations."

Do you sometimes feel like you would like to get away from it all? The rat race, I mean. You long for peace and tranquility which will settle your stress and frustration. Public television has shown a program called, Alone In the Wilderness. It chronicles the year in the life of a man who left civilization and built a cabin in the Alaskan wilderness.

As idyllic as the scenes of the program might be, isolation is not the answer to the hustle and chaos of daily living. Man is by his very nature created to have interaction with others. There may be recluses that cut themselves off from other people—but by their actions they are revealing that there are problems which have not been resolved.

In Mark chapter four we find the story of Jesus who was surrounded by a huge crowd of people. The crowd was so large that He got into a boat and sat in it as He taught the people who were on the shore. At evening He told His disciples to cross over to the other side of the lake.

Jesus was asleep on a cushion when a furious squall came up and threatened the boat He was in. Remember that many of these disciples were seasoned fishermen who had spent their lives out on this lake in all kinds of weather, but this was a storm that threatened to swamp them.

In their fear and alarm they called out to Jesus. It seemed impossible that He could sleep through such a storm. The men woke Jesus and asked Him if He didn't care if they were about to drown. It is then that we read the quiet words of power which He proclaimed in Mark 4:39; "He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, 'Quiet! (peace) Be still!' Then the wind died down and it was completely calm."

I want to remind you once more that these men were not simple recreational boaters. They had spent their lives in all kinds of weather conditions and if they felt that the situation was desperate, it really was. They had almost come to the conclusion that all was hopeless and that they would never reach shore again. It seems that they called out to Jesus in order to announce their hopeless situation.

I feel that they woke Jesus to have Him prepare for the inevitable drowning. Jesus shocked them when He demonstrated that His power was great enough to control the forces of nature.

You may be facing situations that are threatening to swamp your boat. Now is the time to call on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Remember that it is Jesus who has the power to calm the storms in your life.

Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!

- - - Pastor Cecil


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