We often think that when conflict, turmoil or troubles come into our life that we are alone or abandoned by God, we may even feel we are being chastised by Him, in these times our hearts and mind wander, and fear can overtake us as we feel we are being overwhelmed.
God’s word tells us though that we will have conflict, not that we might, the good news is He tells us also that He is with us and He will never leave us or abandon us. God uses these storms to help our faith grow, to draw us closer to Him if we have no trials, we will never experience God’s triumphs in our lives.
It is in life’s storms we learn to trust God, trust in His love, His provisions, His protection, His faithfulness, His mercy, and grace.
In Matthew, we see where the disciples followed Jesus onto the boat, and a violent storm came upon them at sea.
They were simply following Christ, don’t miss that, they were following Christ!
God never promised us a peachy, comfortable life if that is what you are looking for you have been misled, He promised us an eternity with Him and His eternal love.
Our lives are filled with conflict because of our enemy, who brought the curse of God in this world, this is why we battle daily sin and death.
David reminds us that even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, God will comfort us and protect us, Jesus said the gates of hell will not prevail against us, and that He will be with us even to the ends of the age.
If you are in the middle of a storm right now, call upon the name of Jesus, know He is with you and find peace and comfort in Him and His words, do not fear stand strong in your faith. He is with us, He is in us and we are in Him.
God’s word says this:
“As he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. Suddenly, a violent storm arose on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves — but Jesus kept sleeping. So the disciples came and woke him up, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to die!” He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you of little faith?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the sea obey him!” Matthew 8:23-27 CSB
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever. He is the Spirit of truth. The world is unable to receive him because it doesn’t see him or know him. But you do know him because he remains with you and will be in you. “I will not leave you as orphans; I am coming to you.
On that day you will know that I am in my Father, you are in me, and I am in you.
“I have spoken these things to you while I remain with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.” John 14:16-18, 20, 25-26 CSB
“I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.” John 16:33 CSB
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