"He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, 'Quiet! Be still!' Then the wind died down and it was completely calm." (Mark 4:39)
Completely. Calm. Two words that may seem foreign to you today, at this very moment. Calm is nothing but a distant wish, and I won't even get started on where peace has gone. Peace...
Distress is a desperate place. Desperation is a deception, because in reality we know the One who can walk on water, tell the waves to stop crashing, and even make the dead man breathe again. There is no need to be desperate when only one thing is required of us. What is that one thing you ask? Come to Him.
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." (Matthew 11:28-29)
Weary. That's us. We are all so weary and burdened? Yes, we are burdened as well. We always seem to pick up those heavy chains and schlep them around everywhere, until one day we just cannot carry them one more step.
This is when the desperation slips in and laughs. Oh how our human frailties mock us. They sure do know how to make misery for us, but God doesn't give us misery. God gives us victory.
That worry right there on your shoulder just teasing you and formulating the most blown out of proportion outcomes? Jesus has authority over it, and you know what? Jesus dwells in you. This is true, and this is the source of our peace. He resides within your soul, and His Spirit is alive and powerful.
What can we do with this knowledge? Harness the mighty power of Christ that is inside of you and shoot the evil forces right out of your life!
"For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority." (Colossians 2:9-10)
Because Jesus has authority over every principality, this surely means that Jesus has the ultimate power to calm all of our storms in this life. God does not wish for His children to go on with their lives limping and hurting under the weight of all those burdens we seem to be drawn towards.
"In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish." (Matthew 18:14)
"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." (John 10:11)
He laid down His life for us - His sheep. Live your life with gladness, because Jesus bought it for you. Give Him the chaos, and He will calm the waves. Speak His name over yourself when the worries pile up high, and the evil forces will flee in agony - for they cannot posses the authority of Christ which is in you.
Daily declare that Jesus is there. He knows your every hair, and He is everywhere!
-The Introverted Evangelist