Stormy Seasons

by Carolyn Hope

Save me, O God, for the floodwaters are up to my neck. Deeper and deeper I sink into the mire; I can’t find a foothold. I am in deep water, and the floods overwhelm me. I am exhausted from crying for help; my throat is parched. My eyes are swollen with weeping, waiting for my God to help me … I am suffering and in pain. Rescue me, O God, by your saving power. (Psalm 69:1-3, 29)

Stormy seasons are some of the most tiring times of life. It’s here that everything seems to be against you, and you can’t see a way out. As David expressed in Psalm 69, you may feel like you’re sinking more and more to the point of drowning.

The challenge that comes from a storm is that it’s never one issue that arises. It’s always several. Your mom gets sick and has to go to the hospital; your boss quits his job, and you have to take on more work until a replacement is found; your car breaks down. The list goes on. Every time you feel like you have the situation somewhat handled, something else gets added, and you eventually get to a point where you don’t know if you can take any more.

In these seasons, there’s often a lot of stress and much pain. If you find yourself in this place, turn to Jesus and let Him bring peace to your chaos. Give Him your pain, and let Him heal you. He is enough for you, even now. You will make it through this time, because He who is in you is greater than all you’re facing (see 1 John 4:4). He sees you. He hears you, and He’s with you in the pit. You won’t drown. You will be victorious. Keep pressing forward. The peace will come.

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Unfailing Peace

by Carolyn Hope

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. (Isaiah 9:6-7)

Imagine a lake surrounded by a forest. The water is still and calm, steadily quiet. As the wind moves the trees, the reflection on the water changes, but the water itself is as still as ever. Even though storms come, bringing a disruption to the quietness of the waters, when the storm is over, the lake returns to its tranquil state. This is peace. Regardless of circumstances, a peaceful heart remains steady and unshaken.

Jesus is the Prince of Peace, which means He rules over it. Jesus not only has the power to consistently be at peace, but He is a Peace-Maker and a Peace-Bringer. When the disciples were caught in a storm, Jesus spoke peace into the situation, and the waters stilled. When we were lost in our sin and at war with God, Jesus came to earth and sacrificed Himself for us, so that we might be at peace with God. Jesus creates peace wherever He goes.

The Prince of Peace lives inside of you. Therefore, you can have peace in every situation, and in fact, you can bring peace into chaos! You are a peace-carrier and a peace-maker. The same power of Jesus to calm storms and raise the dead lives within you. Walk in peace today. Let your heart be still and steady. Receive Jesus’ words to His disciples before His crucifixion: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27). You have a peace that is greater than what you’re going through. Let this peace rule in your heart (Col. 3:15). It will not fail you.

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