Scriptures: Mark 4: 37- 39, Isaiah 26: 3
When the “storms” of life blow, man’s greatest desire is for the state of being known as “peace.” Throughout the ages, mankind has continually sought for peace through different approaches, but most of them have failed him.
Nations came together in 1865 to form what eventually became known as the “United Nations.” The major focus of the U.N since conception has been to “maintain world peace,” yet on a daily basis, it appears as if the world as a whole is moving further away from that objective and descending into chaos. “Storms” are ravaging individual lives, homes and even nations and “peace” has proven to be highly elusive, yet the word of God promises us peace over the storms of life.
The bible states clearly that, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Isaiah 26: 3
Furthermore, Jesus said in the book of John, “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
The question then is how do we obtain this peace which is promised in scripture, as the word of God is eternal and cannot be broken?
It is pertinent that we firstly examine the nature of storms and thus understand how the peace of God can be so dynamically applied to various areas of life.
What is a “storm?” The Chambers 21st Century dictionary defines a storm as:
“An outbreak of violent weather, with severe winds; a violent reaction, outburst or show of feeling; a furious burst”
Going even by conventional usage, a storm is not a pleasant thing to experience. In life there are various kinds of storms a person may go through:
- Emotional storms: When one’s mind is in fear, tumult or paralysis and such a person is unable to think rationally nor make sound decisions.
- Bodily storms: When ones’ body is physically impaired and not able to function efficiently. This is usually characterized by pain and disability of varying degrees. Normal schedules are disrupted and all ones’ desire at that time will be for the body to return to a state of peaceful well being.
- Marital storms: When relations between spouses have become disrupted and a loving household suddenly becomes tense, hateful and suspicious. Even the children are affected and sometimes cry, have nightmares or have their performance drop at school.
- Financial storms: This occurs when what one is earning does not match the expenditure at hand and such a person is thrown into a state of confusion. Sometimes this results in debts which further leads to pressure on already strained nerves. This has sometimes produced more critical situations like hypertension, high blood pressure and marital challenges amongst others
When faced with these kind of storms and others not listed above, mans’ usual strategy is to attack the symptoms or seek ineffective advice from people who do not know better either. However the Word of God offers us proven and precise solutions to the storms of life through the state of being called “peace.”
God Himself is known through one of His names as “Jehovah Shalom” (The Lord our “Peace”). He offers us different kinds of peace for varying situations and according to our faith to align with His provision:
1. Peace Despite the Storm: In the book of Acts 16: 16 – 26, we see two disciples of Jesus, Paul and Silas, who had been arrested and thrown into prison through the manipulation of some angry occultists. They had every right to be upset and angry with God. They could have descended into self pity and lamentation that they were suffering for preaching and ministering the power of God and were undefended by the heavens. Yet because of their faith in God and their understanding of His ways, they did none of those things. Rather, they started praising God in song and hymns and thus provoked a miracle from heaven as the chains and prison gates burst loose. “I prophecy that as you turn your attention from your circumstances and turn it toward God, the ‘I Am that I Am’ who is illimitable, will visit you in your situation and cause a jaw dropping turn around, in the mighty name of Jesus!”
Paul and Silas were able to maintain their peace even in the midst of what ought to have become a terrible storm in their lives, because their focus remained on the reality of God, His power and His purpose, thus His joy remained undiluted in their hearts. The book of Isaiah earlier quoted clarifies this divine principle that God will “keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” (Isaiah 26: 3)
2. Peace over the storm: Jesus Christ demonstrated a strange authority in the book of Mark 4: 37-39, when he rebuked a stormy sea that was threatening to destroy the ship that carried Him and His disciples. He had initially demonstrated His ability to be at peace in the storm, as He slept soundly and totally unbothered that any storm of life could terminate His life and divine purpose, while the disciples on the other hand panicked for their dear lives.
After they ran to wake Him up and asked if He was unconcerned for them, He arose and rebuked the winds for their sakes and scripture records that there was a great calm.
Because the Word of God is purposeful and never accidental and according to Isaiah 55: 10-11, His Word does not go forth without accomplishing it’s divine purpose, “I hereby decree concerning the storms you’re presently going through: “Peace be still!” in the mighty name of Jesus”. Going forward you will experience “a great calm” in the places where you had previously known confusion and pain in Jesus name.
- Peace that forbids any storm
Sometimes, God decides in His infinite mercy that a person will not experience any storm in certain areas or in an endeavor or in a phase in life, thus He releases a grace that suppresses any kind of storm along the person’s path.
Such was the case in 1 Kings 5: 4, when God granted Solomon all round peace so that his kingdom could focus on economic growth and the building of the famous temple at Jerusalem.
Also in Genesis 35:1-5, after Jacob dedicated his family to God, they set out on a journey to Bethel where God had instructed him to go and dwell. Verse 5 of this scripture records thus:
“And they journeyed: and the terror of God was upon the cities that were round about them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob. “
I prophecy that the angelic host will arise to battle on your behalf as you obey God and embark on that assignment, such that no power of the enemy shall be able to distract you, in Jesus mighty name
How do we obtain this kind of peace?
Firstly, a person must enter into divine covenant with the God of peace by becoming born again. (John 1: 12-13)
Secondly, one must demonstrate constant trust in God, by seeking Him for help and knowing that He is able to deliver, just as the disciples did when they ran to Jesus when faced by the stormy seas.
Thirdly, one must be ready to obey Him and walk according to His ways. There is no need trying to turn God into a fire fighter by running to Him only when we are in trouble while refusing to submit our daily lives to His will
I pray that as God gives you the knowledge and grace to walk with Him and appropriate His grace upon your life, you will wisely yield your heart Him. God bless