Be Calm

Jonah 1:12 “Throw me into the sea,” Jonah said, “and it will become calm again. I know that this terrible storm is all my fault.”

calmI have often caught myself feeling as though everything that goes wrong around me must somehow be connected to my misconduct or my failure to follow the Lord. Here Jonah is quick to accept that the storm that was going on around him was all his fault.

Often, you and I may feel that we are in that boat and that there’s a storm going on around us. That somehow the storm is there just for us. I’m not saying that’s not possible, but so often the storms are going to occur whether we like it or not, or whether we deserve it or not.

The question isn’t whether we did something wrong todeserve the storm, the question is how do we respond to the storm.

When Jesus was in the boat with his disciples on the Sea of Galilee, a mighty storm appeared. It wasn’t because somebody had done anything wrong. It was just a storm.

Life is often just like that. We will experience storms that have nothing to do with misconduct or punishment. It is simply that there are storms.

What Jesus teaches us is that God controls the storm. Jesus spoke the simple words tobe calm, and things were calm. You can lean upon God and trust that the Lord God you worship controls the storm.

Be calm.

Have a blessed day.

~Dean Burnetti


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