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Calm in the Middle of the Storm
• READ: MARK 4:35-41
Everyone has ups and downs in life. My ups have been traveling to Thailand to serve as a short-term missionary and starting a new business. Most recently, my downs have included losing my mother, having a tumor, and seeing my father’s business close.
When things are on the upswing, we often think it’s all about us—that the Lord has nothing to do with it. When things are going badly, we cry out to Him and say, “Why?!”
I have news for you. God is always there—in control of every circumstance. He is “the Alpha and the Omega...the Beginning and the End” (Revelation 22:13).
Just like in math, in life you have constants and variables. Whether the disciples knew it or not, they had with them a constant who never changes: Jesus Christ (Hebrews 13:8). When there was a storm out on the Sea of Galilee and they became afraid, they went to Jesus.
He spoke three words: “Quiet! Be still!” (Mark 4:39). The storm became calm, and the disciples were astonished, asking, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” (Mark 4:41).
So, in the middle of the storm, turn to Jesus, the Source of true peace and the One who is in control over all creation. He is God, He is present, and He is in control.
A prayer: "Lord, remind me you are a constant in my life. When the storms of life start to overwhelm me, cause me to rest in Your peace. May I praise You in every situation, whether the times are calm or I’m in the middle of a storm. Thank You for working all things according to Your good kingdom purposes (Romans 8:28). In Jesus’ Name, Amen." • Robert Keur
• What are the storms you’re facing right now?
• Read John 16:33, Hebrews 4:14-16, and 1 Peter 5:7. Why can we cry out to Jesus when we’re facing storms?
• Read Romans 8:28-39 and Revelation 21:1-5. Will storms last forever? In the midst of storms, what hope do we have in Christ?
I [Jesus] have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33 (NIV)
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Claiming God's Promises
• READ: GENESIS 28:1-4; 47:28-31; 49:29-32
God made a promise to Jacob (also called Israel) to turn his descendants into a great nation and give them a vast land. It was a repeat of the covenant made with his grandfather Abraham, which also included a clause to bless the earth through his family line. At the end of his life, Jacob claimed that promise. Though he’d been forced to relocate to Egypt because of famine, he made provision for his bones to be carried to the Promised Land for burial. He still believed God would one day give them the land.
We can hold on to God’s promises as well. But we need to make sure
we’re claiming them correctly. Many promises quoted on greeting cards and inspirational calendars have been ripped out of context. Some of these promises were given to specific groups or individuals and were never meant for us today. Others are conditional. And sometimes we falsely believe principles (such as those found in Proverbs) to be promises when they are not. However, the Bible does contain many promises we can claim in Christ. For example, God promises:
• To provide a way out of temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13)
• To forgive those who confess their sin (1 John 1:9–2:1)
• That no one can snatch us from His hand (John 10:28-29)
• That nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:38-39)
• That we can rest from trying to earn His favor (Matthew 11:28-30)
• To never abandon us (Hebrews 13:5)
• To return and judge the earth justly (Psalm 98:9; Luke 12:40)
• To dwell among His people forever, making all things new (Revelation 21:1-5)
If you read God’s Word with discernment, you’ll begin to rightly claim the promises intended for you as a child of God in Christ. We can have hope because “he who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23). • Michelle Isenhoff
• How does a principle such as the one found in Proverbs 15:6 differ from a promise?
• The whole Bible is a true story that brings us to Jesus, the ultimate fulfillment of Scripture (Matthew 5:17-18; John 20:31; 2 Timothy 3:15-17). Why is it important to read Bible passages in context?
For every one of God’s promises is “Yes” in him [Jesus]. Therefore, through him we also say “Amen” to the glory of God. 2 Corinthians 1:20 (CSB)