(Horatio Spafford, It Is Well With My Soul)
“ …let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts…”
It always amazes me how fast January goes by. One day we are celebrating the new year, and the next Punxatawney Phil is looking for his shadow. February can be a strange month weather wise. I never put much stock in the furry rodent’s predictions but, the up and down weather can be a trial. February can be cold, stormy, icy, warm, flirtatious, and down right horrible! What are you gonna do?
Tuesday and Wednesday evening during our Bible study . . . hey here’s an idea, if you don’t normally attend our Bible study, try it, I know you’ll like it. This past Wednesday we talked about Jesus calming the storm in Luke chapter eight. A furious storm descended upon Jesus and His disciples as they crossed the Sea of Galilee. This storm that was attempting to sink the boat can be likened to the storms of life . . . the storms of February that would try to sink us. The enemy stirs up those storms in order to frustrate, discourage, even destroy us. You may be experiencing a storm this morning. Be assured Jesus is with you, He cares, and He can speak to that storm, “Peace be still,” just as He did in Luke chapter eight.
Let February blast us with its worst . . . let the enemy throw what feeble attempts he may have at us . . . our God is greater, more than able to take the teeth out of the storms of life. At the end of the day we can rest assured in “Peace, Be Still.”
“…for I have learned in whatever situation to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need” (Philippians 11:12).
Paul knew what it was like to suffer. He also knew what it was like to live in comfort. He had felt the security of having plenty of resources at his disposal and at other times having barely enough to get by. He had been persecuted and honored. Hungry and filled. There was even a time when he was shipwrecked.
Paul had lived a grand life, filled with many different circumstances; some really good and some really bad. Through Paul’s experiences were all over the place, there was one constant in his life that defined everything else.
“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
The strength of Christ was Paul’s secret to contentment. He wasn’t struggling on his own power to make everything in his life perfect. He wasn’t so focused on the wind and the waves of the stormy sea of life that he lost focus of the One who has the authority to calm the raging sea. jesus wad the Source of truth in his life. He wasn’t defined by the chos or worldly success. He was defined by his trust in the power of God.
Today as you look over your life, do you see stormy seas ahead? Have the waves risen and washed away your hope for a sunny day? Perhaps all you see are clear skies and sunshine. Do you know that you need God’s power working in you just as much on good day as you do on the bad ones?
My challenge to all of us today is to look to Jesus. Whatever the circumstance, experience, or day, Jesus is where our contentment and strength come from. he is the Light of the world. He is Emmanuel (God with us). His is Saviour, King, Almighty God. He is our strength and our peace.
~PASTOR SUSAN B.