Sunday, July 27, 2008

From storm to calm.......

Job 9:8 - "Who alone stretches out the heavens and treads upon the waves and high places of the sea....."
Psalm 107:22-31 - "Oh, that men would praise [and confess to] the Lord for His goodness and loving-kindness and His wonderful works to the children of men! And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving and rehearse His deeds with shouts of joy and singing! Some go down to the sea and travel over it in ships to do business in great waters; these see the works of the Lord and His wonders in the deep. For He commands and raises up the stormy wind, which lifts up the waves of the sea. Those aboard mount up to the heavens and they go down again to the deeps; their courage melts away because of their plight. They reel to and fro and stagger like a drunken man and are at their wits' end [all their wisdom has come to nothing]. Then they cry to the Lord in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses. He hushes the storm to a calm and to a gentle whisper, so that the waves of the sea are still. Then the men are glad because of the calm, and He brings them to their desired haven. Oh, that men would praise and confess to the Lord for His goodness and loving-kindness and His wonderful works to the children of men!"
Matthew 8:23-27 - "And after He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly, behold, there arose a violent storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered up by the waves; but He was sleeping. And they went and awakened Him, saying, Lord, rescue and preserve us! We are perishing!  And He said to them, Why are you timid and afraid, O you of little faith? Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great and wonderful calm (a perfect peaceableness). And the men were stunned with bewildered wonder and marveled, saying, What kind of man is this, that even the winds of the sea obey Him!" 
John 6:16-21 - "When evening came, His disciples went down to the sea, and they took a boat and were going across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and still Jesus had not yet come back to them. Meanwhile, the sea was getting rough and rising high because of a great and violent wind that was blowing. However, when they had rowed 3 or 4 miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat. And they were afraid, terrified. But Jesus said to them, It is I; be not afraid! Then they were quite willing and glad for Him to come into the boat. And now the boat went at once to the land they had steered toward.
I just believe the Lord wants us to know He is good, in control and wants to bless us with peace in our lives!! Perfect peace,  in the sense of  deep inner peace instilled in us, by knowing not only that He is able, but that He wants good things for us.  Additionally, that He wants us to experience refreshment in Him! He wants us to experience perfect peace in Him more than we do ourselves. He knows that when we can rest in the peace that comes by His Spirit we will be more able to commune with Him. It's in His presence where there is fulness of joy, and I believe a perfect peace as well. When we are anxious and doubt and give way to fear, we allow our gaze to shift away from Him, and we are ultimately saying, God I don't believe you are able, or worse yet, I don't believe you want the best for me!!  "He brings them to their desired haven." The Lord wants to bless us, He really does!!! Much peace to all!!!


Jordy's Thoughts said...

hey Lydia its Jordan. We haven't talked in a while and i was just seeing how you are doing in your walk. Talk to you soon

lydia said...

Oh Hi Jordan,
Great to hear from you! I am forever hopping around the blog world meeting new folks....sorry I haven't been by in awhile, I pray God is meeting you in awesome ways these days! I am doing quite well, thanks for asking! God is so good and so faithful! I am greatly enjoying Him!!
Much grace and peace to you!!

Free Spirit said...

Love the picture!!