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Calm in the Storm

“Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.” – Psalm 107:28-31

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Going through a storm in life can easily begin to look for a quick fix or cause us to run, but God is the one who calms the storms. In Proverbs there are mentions of fools and a hot-tempered person creates conflict, but the calm one can end a quarrel or bring the issue to an end. Whenever a storm is brought up, it causes my mind to go back to thoughts of Sunday School and hearing about Jonah and the whale. The men are freaking out on this boat and Jonah was sleeping!  They are throwing out their cargo and prayer to their gods and ask Jonah to try his so they can possibly get an answer. Just picture that, everyone in a panic and crying out to these gods to help them, and they realize their gods are of no help so why not try this other guys? Praise God that he calls us to trust him and that we can trust in him to guide us, he watches over us, and he truly wants the best for our life.
When Jonah shares with these men that he is running from God, they are even in fear. What a powerful God?! Jonah then tells the men if they hurl him into sea, the storm storm will stop. They are scared of what could happen to them but after the storm became fiercer they did as Jonah said:

“So they picked up Jonah and hurled him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging. Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows.” Jonah 1:1-16

Not only did God calm the storm for the men who were not running from God, but they then feared the Lord. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10, God used Jonah running from him for his glory! These men came to bare witness to what a powerful God we serve. Jonah’s running gave this witness to these men during a ragging storm they did not think they would survive. The men were concerned for Jonah’s life and what would happen if they cast him off, but God is always watching over us and has a plan. God had Jonah rescued and given the time needed for him to cry out for God’s will for his life and be in silence.

During a storm seek a quiet place to just listen to God for him to calm your heart and mind. “Now may the Lord of Peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:16.

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