God’s protection takes bite out of stormsNorthern Wisconsin is no stranger to storms; especially those that rage in winter. Fortunately, most of them are only a temporary nuisance, requiring some minor preparation and cleanup to “weather them out.”
By: Pastor Mark Holmes, Superior Telegram
Northern Wisconsin is no stranger to storms; especially those that rage in winter. Fortunately, most of them are only a temporary nuisance, requiring some minor preparation and cleanup to “weather them out.”
Too bad this is not true for the storms of life. It’s figurative squalls that wreak the most havoc upon us. They deny easy responses, resisting solutions. They come without warning, often leaving victims strewn in their paths.
The Gospel of Mark records how Jesus calmed a raging storm on the Sea of Galilee. Responding to His disciples pleas for rescue, He proclaimed two brief commands, “Peace!” “Be still!” With these, the storm abated and the disciples were spared.
Jesus is still in the habit of influencing storms. He even uses the same commands that He did on the sea. However, there is a distinction concerning to whom or what these words are shared.
Sometimes Jesus steps into our circumstances and assumes control of those powers that threaten our situation. His words go out against these malevolent forces demanding them to cease. But there are other times when the words are not directed toward the storm, but toward us. The same words are shared, “Peace!” “Be still!” Though the storm may still rage; its teeth have been removed because we are comforted and protected by God.
Storms will always come against us, both real and figurative, but do not be afraid. Listen for His words. He speaks them on your behalf, either to the storm or to you. Peace! Be still.
Pastor Mark Holmes is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church and has served the Darrow Road Wesleyan Church since 1997.