Have you ever been in a storm that has you scared to death and your animals are darting here and there, terrified? Storms have a way of interfering with normal life; they turn you inside out and upside down. No one desires any part of those storms, but they do have a way of revealing what is to be found in one’s intermost being. Is there anything you can or should do if you are involved in one of these scary storms? There are many that will simply ring their hands believing there is nothing to be done, some that will plead for mercy and hope they receive it and some that are blessed and know that there is no need to worry because they have a Savior who will always be with them in their storm.
Where do they get this security? Down through the ages people have turned to the Bible, the Word of God, for the information they need to travel through this life. In the book of Nahum (dated in the 7th century B.C.) we find these words – The Lord has His way in the whirlwind and in the storm (1:3). In the 10th century in the book of Proverbs we find Solomon, son of David and king of Israel granting us wisdom’s warning even as he knows that there will be those who will not listen saying – Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently, but they will not find me (1:28), but whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be secure, without fear of evil (1:33). In the same century the Psalmist reminds us that He (the Lord) calms the storm, so that its waves are still (107:29).
Apparently our Lord has always wanted us to know that even though today’s people have become fiercely independent there will always remain a certain amount of insecurity when it comes to being absolutely secure in the knowledge of His presence and His help. In the New Testament which today’s people most often turn to because they can more easily relate to those who actually spent time with our Lord and Savior, we find Matthew reciting the words of Jesus – But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm (8:26).
Today we find ourselves living in a different kind of storm than we have been talking about, but it is a storm nonetheless; a storm many of us wonder whether we will be able to navigate. The forces of evil in this world have managed to multiply, but then those of us who have relied upon the Word of God for our everyday simple living have read about and known there was coming a time when man’s strength alone would simply not be enough.
Yesterday when we were living under a tornado watch, which is most certainly not a warning, I felt an uneasiness that seemed to have a life of its own. Today I no longer am concerned about the weather, but there still lingers the uncertainty of tomorrow because of what is currently happening in our world. Is there any way to control or correct the evil turbulence that seems to be growing by leaps and bounds in today’s world? Fortunately for man’s sanity there has always been an answer given to us by a gracious and loving Father. Along with the scriptures relating to a physical storm you will also find your needed security scattered about throughout the pages of your Bible. The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe (Proverbs 29:25) and For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2nd Timothy 1:7). Thank you, precious Lord, for Your efforts to prepare and protect us as we live today upon the earth You so graciously created.
Jesus Saviour, pilot me over life’s tempestuous sea;
Unknown waves before me roll, hiding rock and treacherous shoal;
Chart and compass came from Thee;
Jesus, Saviour, pilot me.