The story of the disciples in the boat crossing the Sea of Galilee has been impressed upon me ~
Jesus still speaks to the wind and waves of adversity that blow into our live. He commands them to be ‘Be Still’. (Matthew 8:23-27).
Jesus still quietens the storms of life that encircle us. He whispers ‘Be Still’ to the waves that rise within my soul. (Mark 4:35-41).
As I sat and listened to my boss telling me what the outline for the organisation was likely to be, I spoke to my soul.
The remainder of the year might not be easy, but He covers me with His wings.
The predicament might seem bleak, but He watches over me.
A negative atmosphere might surround me, but I can rest in the shadow of His wings (Psalms 91)
Fear can bring us to the place where we trust God alone.
In this situation that exposes demands on me, I have a choice to make. In his book, When God Whispers Your Name, Max Lucado says ‘So I am going to choose love, to love God and what God loves!’
So I choose in my situation….
Joy – because His joy will be my strength.
Peace – because His peace calms any storm that blows against and within me.
Patience – because He teaches me to not complain even when I don’t understand.
Kindness – because that is the only way that Christ has treated me!
Goodness – because I have so much to be thankful for in every single moment of each day.
Faithfulness – because His promises never fail and He calls me to learn how to remain steadfast in Him.
Gentleness – because He gives me strength to exercise emotions I sometimes find hard to.
Self-control – because if I feel angry I know I can ask Him for His help to help me not affect others.
You must not give up hope! Keep up your courage! (Acts 27:25)
‘I am the One who comforts you and gives you peace. So why are you afraid of human beings?’ (Isaiah 51:12)