We live in a very superficial society, surrounded by a broken world where all the things the world values are empty. The world where character and substance can only be shaped in the cauldron of adversity. It is only through our discomfort caused by a variety of situations in life that triggers our reality, abruptly awakening our lifeless conscious making us sensitive to our need for help, the need for something more, something bigger than ourselves. It is not my intention to be the bearer of bad news. However, the reality is your life will never be completely trouble-free. We’ve all had days some of us maybe even years when life just doesn’t seem to be going our way when it all comes crashing down – it happens to each one of us, you are never prepared, and you have no clue where to turn.
Sooner or later adversity will rear its ugly head painting a picture of an overwhelming, seemingly insurmountable situation where your circumstances are so sad you are ready to simply give up, throw in the towel, and cash out. You feel as though peace of mind is far from you, and you don’t know what to do to fix the problem. There are times when you find yourself wrestling with a problem when suddenly it takes a turn for the worst. Then there are those times when you’re totally blindsided by adversity that seemingly popped up out of nowhere. No matter how big your problems may seem, it is an awesome moment when you discover you can run into the arms of a Father who loves you and weeps with you.
Mark 4:37-40 reminds us of a time when Jesus and His disciples were on a ship, suddenly a storm rolled in and they feared they would sink, but He spoke to their situation. “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, 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?”
Sometimes in life, we encounter great storms, or we come to one of life’s many crossroads, and we view what we think is the end. Suddenly you have faced circumstances you never expected or wished to encounter, then you allow the world to magnify what seems to be a negative and hopeless situation so much that you end up feeling defeated and may even blame God for your situation. How quickly we are prone to “strike out against others” when we come to a bend in the road or our storms rise, we will even blame God. Our short-sightedness causes us to become discouraged by the event, lose heart and want to give up.
We learn in Mark 4:37-40 that it is possible to have peace in the midst of the storms, and the twist and turns in our life, even when the problems are just too big for us to handle alone, God tells us not to fear but trust Him. Jesus is the Master at ushering in peace wherever He is. His birth was predicted before He made His appearance on this earth. “For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” Isaiah 9:6. There is One Who stands ready to help if we simply reach out to Him. Through His Spirit, He continues to work miracles in us and through us today. “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” John 14:27. Jesus can give you what the world can’t, and when you refuse to let fear rob you of the peace He wants you to have, you will begin to experience it. It is good news to know although struggles in life are inevitable, destruction is optional.
God says we don’t have to settle for that. There are two sides to every situation and Jesus provides the other side of the coin in 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”. Here we are more than two thousand years later, He’s still bringing peace to those who trust Him.