He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still (Psalm 107:29)
You’re no doubt wondering why I’ve chosen ‘muzzle the storm’ rather than ‘calm the storm’ which is used most often. There’s a good reason. It’s because, most of the time, the real storms we encounter are not so much the circumstances – although they may be what set it off – but the thoughts, emotions and doubts that persist in their constant mental battering.
We all encounter situations in life that ‘rock the boat’ and stir the calm waters of our lives and our christian walk. But the wind and waves are really those things that rage in our minds. We question everything – our ability to endure, our motives, our prayers, and mostly our faith. It’s when we come to a place of questioning God – His grace, His mercy, His lovingkindness, His faithfulness, His desire to help us – that’s when the storm reaches ‘full blow’ and we imagine that we will never make it through.
In Matthew 8: 23-27 we can read of a real-moment storm, in which the disciples had convinced themselves that Jesus was content to sleep through it all and let them perish, that he didn’t care what happened to them. How often do we get to that same moment of doubt, that crisis of faith in which it seems the very lifeline we need is not there.
But the Word says ‘He makes the storm calm.’ How did Jesus do this? He spoke. In Matthew it says He ‘rebuked the winds and the sea.’ That is the only way to muzzle the storm. He didn’t tell them to row harder, to bail faster, to jump overboard. He dealt with the real storm, and He did it by speaking to it. He took control, and He is the perfect example of how we can ‘muzzle the storm’ and make it through to safe harbour.
We have to speak the Word. Speak Jesus. Speak the promises. Read the Word and remind ourselves of the power that is greater than any storm we may encounter. God is greater. Jesus is greater. The grace, mercy, lovingkindness, faithfulness and desire to help us in any situation is greater. Like Christ in the wilderness, the only way is to counter the storm in our minds with ‘It is written.’ The Word of God is absolute, and has the power to muzzle the storm and bring us to a place of calm within us.
Lord, help me to keep my eyes on You. Help me to read your Word, to know it and to make it part of me. Thank you that you’ve provided everything I need to endure the storms of life and find You in the midst of them.