“Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him” (Luke 8:25c).
Jerry Bridges, in his book, Holiness Day by Day, asks a thought-provoking question:
Why do we worry? Because we do not believe. We’re not really convinced that the same Jesus who can keep a sparrow in the air knows where our lost luggage is, or how we’re going to pay that auto repair bill, or how we’re going to get to our destination in time. Or, if we believe He can deliver us through our difficulties, we doubt if He will. We let Satan sow seeds of doubt in our minds about His love and care for us.
It helps to examine our motives because we may want deliverance instead of His peace—the peace that “transcends all understanding” (Philippians 4:7, NIV). The Holy Spirit produces this fruit in us, as we focus our thoughts on Him, pray and wait patiently until we experience it.
It is the same kind of peace that enabled Jesus to sleep through a raging storm (Luke 8:23). In the midst of the uncertainties of life, we are like the disciples who felt helpless and afraid; but He gives us an inner calmness whatever the trying situation may be (John 14:27).
All too often, our adversities rob us of peace because we tend to try to deal with them ourselves. Not only do we worry, fret, and scheme over distressing circumstances, we find ourselves envying or resenting those who seem to be getting a better deal in life.
Of course, the alternative to worry is to pray about everything, give thanks (Philippians 4:6), and focus on positive and praiseworthy things (v. 8). Rather than worry, and thus forfeit our peace, we need to talk to God about all our cares (1 Peter 5:7). Every day we are becoming what we think about (Prov. 23:7a, KJV).
Michael Guido has said, “Whatever gets your attention, gets you. Guard your thoughts.”
Our weaknesses are tools the Holy Spirit uses to amplify our need of God, to enhance our understanding, and give us peace. We don’t have to be victims of our circumstances; we can have peace no matter what comes our way.
If we respond submissively to God ‘s perspective—by trusting Him beyond what we can see—we can have sweet peace in His presence.
When fear and worry test your faith
And anxious thoughts assail,
Remember God is in control
And He will never fail. –Sper