Safe in the storm

How can we feel God’s presence when a severe storm is predicted? The Bible offers some helpful ideas. A psalm tells us, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalms 46:1). And Proverbs suggests that it is God who “hath gathered the wind in his fists” (30:4) and that there is no force outside of God’s control. 

Here’s an example of the protecting and saving effect of understanding this fact: Christ Jesus remained calm when he was in a ship with his disciples during a storm raging on the Galilean Sea. The disciples feared for their lives, but Jesus “rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm” (Mark 4:39). Jesus knew God as the only power, the creator of man and the universe—the controlling intelligence or divine Mind that governs all God’s creation. It was this realization that enabled him to not only quiet the violent storm but also prove God’s control over many other discordant conditions, such as disease, sin, and even death.

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