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The Calm in the Storm

Philippians 4:6 in the CSB version says, “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” 2020 has been a year of chaos and many are unsure of what will come next, but we serve a God who gives us a peace beyond understanding. God does not give us a spirit of fear but encourages us to trust him even when the fear is present. God wants us to rest in the fact that he will provide every need, handle every situation, and fulfill every plan he has.

We need to keep our eyes on Jesus to make it through the storm. In a literal sense, let's look at Peter. In Matthew chapter 14, there was a storm, and the disciples were on a boat in the ocean. They thought they saw a ghost, but Jesus said it was him (verse 27). After this, Peter said “If it’s you, command me to come to you on the water” in verse 28. Jesus told him to come to him and in verse 29, Peter was walking on the water until he took his eyes off Jesus and looked at the storm.

When this happened, Peter started sinking. Matthew 14:31 says that Jesus reached out and grabbed his hand to catch him and said, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” This is what happens in our everyday lives. We may not be in a literal storm, but we are still taking our eyes off of Jesus during our storms. If we keep our eyes on Jesus, we will make it to the other side of the storm. We will make it through with the overwhelming peace of Jesus.

Whatever storm we are going through, we can make it through if we simply keep our eyes on Jesus—whether it is your grades, your family, or the overwhelming changes we have faced in 2020. Maybe you’ve lost people or maybe you just feel like you’re drowning. Jesus said to keep our eyes on him, not on the world and not on the horrible things happening to us. We are more than conquerors through him. I pray that each of us tries to keep our eyes on Jesus through the storm of life, so that we can walk on water with Jesus by our side.


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