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Post  Admin on Fri 01 Jul 2011, 11:31 am

PEACE IN THE EYE OF THE STORM
by Dale E. Price

The storm is terrible. We have been struggling against the winds and the
sea for hours in our small boat. There is no sign of it letting up, and
the waves are beginning to crash over our bow. We're losing the battle.
I am truly frightened.
How can He sleep through all this? Can't He feel the water sloshing in
the bottom of the boat? Doesn't He know how perilous our situation is?
Doesn't He care? Finally, I can't stand it, so I tell John to wake Him
up. John shakes Him awake and tells Him we're about to die. But the
Master is not afraid. Instead, He rebukes us for our lack of faith. He
turns His face into the wind and rebukes the wind and the sea. At His
command, the storm ceases, and the sea is calm.
We're amazed! Who is this man that can calm the storm?
On September 11, violent aggression crashed against our homeland. Waves
of darkness, anger, sorrow, and fear assaulted our sense of safety and
security. The winds of hate and violence tear at us, trying to rob us of
our peace and joy. As believers in Christ Jesus, what can we learn from
the disciples' experience described in Matthew 8:23-27? Three questions
come to mind.
* How could Jesus sleep in the midst of the storm?
Throughout Jesus' life we find Him at peace when circumstances cast
others into a sea of doubt and fear. What did He know that they didn't?
He knew and believed what He had taught in the Sermon on the Mount, that
we are more precious to God than all of the rest of creation. He also
knew that His life on earth was truly in the Father's hands. He knew
God's prophetic Word that "He will command His angels concerning You to
guard You in all Your ways. They will bear You up in their hands, so
that You will not strike Your foot against a stone" (Psalm 21:11-12).
Jesus could rest peacefully because He was resting in the hands of His
loving Father, the hands of the God of all creation.
* Didn't He care about their fears?
I John 4:18 tells us that "There is no fear in love, but perfect love
casts out fear ... " He cared about their fears, but He cared more about
their faith. In this world, we will have trouble. Do we believe that God
is in control of every breath, every heartbeat, and every day of our
life on earth? Romans 8:37-39 tells us that in the midst of famine,
persecution, or the sword, we are more than conquerors. There is nothing
in the vast universe that can separate us from the love of God in Christ
Jesus!
* Why did Jesus rebuke them for their lack of faith?
It was evening when they set out in that boat. The disciples had
witnessed Jesus' miraculous healing throughout the day. Who did they
think was in the boat with them? He rebuked them because their faith in
Him did not extend to their immediate perilous circumstance. When we
believe in Jesus Christ as God's only begotten Son, the image (exact
representation) of the Father, full of grace and truth, we believe that
our eternity is in His hands. Is it too much to ask that we trust Him
with the troubles of this life? The reason we can walk through this life
without fear is that we know the one that is in our boat, and we know
the one whose boat it is.
Each of us must face our own doubts, fears, and insecurities in the
midst of this storm tearing at our homeland. When we find His peace in
the eye of the storm, we must lift our eyes to see those still
struggling against the tempest. We must seek the ministry God has for us
in our hour of national and international distress. I believe that there
are three critical roles for believers and for Christian ministries as
we confront this present darkness.
1. We must shine in the midst of the darkness. The greater the darkness,
the more brilliant we must shine. If we only shine within the walls of
our local assemblies or in our Christian camp facilities nestled in
beautiful canyons or perched on lofty mountaintops, who will see? The
pain and the loss of September 11 are still rippling through the lives
of our friends and neighbors. We must actively demonstrate compassion,
gentleness, peace, and love within our communities. Doors of opportunity
for hospitality and gracious giving are open to us now. We must actively
seek for those doors and then walk through them boldly.
2. We must be places of safety and security. The families of America
need to know that there are still places of beauty where they and their
children can be out of harm's way. Local assemblies must reach out to
individuals and families in their communities to provide the Word of
Truth, spoken in love, from hearts filled with God's compassion. In
Christian camps, our selection and preparation of staff, our health and
safety programs, the security of our grounds and facilities, and our
emergency response procedure are all critical to creating and
maintaining a safe camp environment for all our guests. We must remember
that camp, in order to be camp, will never be totally risk-free. But we
must be both diligent and prudent in our efforts to ensure that every
child or family who attends our fellowship, every camper, or guest at
our camps will be safe while in our care.
3. We must be places with an answer. Peter tells us in his first epistle
that we are always to be ready" ... to make a defense to everyone who
asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with
gentleness and reverence." When we can rest like Jesus in the midst of
the storm people will ask why. Doors of ministry opportunity will open
for us in the midst of the despair and devastation caused by sinful men.
Children and families will come to us whose world has been turned upside
down. Lives built on the shifting sands of wealth and false expectations
of peace have been shaken. We need to bring them to the Rock, the Chief
Cornerstone. They need to find in Him an anchor for the soul, sure and
steadfast. They need to know that this anchor holds through every storm
this life can throw at us. The spontaneous singing of "God Bless
America" across our nation has moved many of us with hope for a true
revival. I pray that they will all come to know, through Jesus Christ,
the God to whom they are appealing.
* Does the Lord still have power over the storm?
When Jesus calmed the wind and the sea, He demonstrated His authority
and power over the storm. Does He have power over the winds of violence
and waves of hatred assaulting us now? I believe that this storm, like
the storm that terrified the disciples two thousand years ago, will test
our faith. We must never forget that as believers in the Lord Jesus we
are in His boat. We must rest in His peace. In the end, this storm will
prove anew the demonstration of the power and love of God and an
opportunity for believers to be God's loving ambassadors sharing the
truth of the Gospel of God's Grace.
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"No true patriot should ever forget what one of our Founders
once remarked (and I paraphrase):
He who would give up Freedom for security
will find he shall have neither Freedom nor security."-- Tool, Texas
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