PEACE IN THE MIDST OF THE STORM
By Rev. John D. Miller
I am sure if I were to ask the question, "how many of you have experienced storms in your life," every hand would be raised because that’s how life is. Life has storms and no one is immune to them and yet in the midst of these storms, for the believer, there can be peace.
So today I want to give you three ways to have peace in the midst of the storm.
1. The first way is to trust in God’s Word. I am sure you have heard the statement before "God said it and I believe it and that’s good enough for me." This is the way it should be but many times it isn’t.
There are people who can quote God’s Word and have memorized books of the Bible but when the rubber meets the road they have a hard time living what it says. Maybe it’s because we don’t realize God’s Word is living and active like Heb 4:12 says and that it will accomplish in your life what it says it will accomplish if you just believe.
God’s Word has stood the test of time and is still the #1 best seller. When the 9-11 attack came Bible sales soared because there is comfort in God’s Word. There are many times in the Scripture where God’s Word was spoken and then came to pass. God said "let there be light and there was light."
God’s Word also came to pass with Abraham and Sarah. God said "you will have a son" and even though they got ahead of God and tried to work it out on their own, they did have a son. Sarah had Isaac even though she was way past the childbearing stage.
Moses discovered the reality of God’s Word when he was trapped in the wilderness with several million people and Pharoah’s army was right behind them. God said "lift up your rod and stretch your hand over the sea and divide it and the Children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea."
God also said in Numbers Chpt. 13 to Moses, here is the land I promised you, it’s yours go and spy out the land and they did and it was everything God said it was a land flowing with milk and honey. The only problem they had was they failed to trust God’s Word and had to wander for 40 years before they could possess the land.
All throughout Scripture we see God’s Word being proclaimed and coming to pass. The Scriptures predicated the coming Messiah and it happened just like it said. God’s Word has stood the test of time and yet many times we hear it and may even have it in our head and yet fail to apply it to our situation because it’s not in our heart.
When you look at my text you see something very important and that is in vs. 35 where Jesus says "let us pass over unto the other side." Notice He includes Himself. I am sure this passed right over the disciples head for if they would have thought about it during the storm they may not have been so fearful. It’s the same promise David writes about in the 23rd Psalms when he says "Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil." I know this is not easy but the word through is the key. That means you will come out on the other side.