Peace During Troubled Times
Psalm 9: 9,10 “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you
Isaiah. 25:4b You have been…a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat.
Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in you. “
The Bible lists lots of scriptures that exemplify the Peace of God, the ones above give you an idea.
By the way: From time to time, David, the author of the book of Psalm, would find himself in trials that would leave him with nowhere to turn to, except God. Much of the Psalms that He wrote, essentially was a cry of help – which God always offered. For us too, whenever we read these Psalms – they guide us to seek God for Help.
We all face distress. Some are real-life struggles, not spiritual.
For instance, there are people mentally-challenged. And probably have to depend on medication to balance what their brains lack. Others have nightmares that rarely seem to go away. Also, a struggle in form of a sickness that keeps reappearing and takes time to recover from
Though we look up to God to help us through these struggles; reading His Word and Praying is easily said but hard to see Him present in our daily life’s storms.
But please, let’s look at two Biblical scenarios that others faced. At least, we can relate to some extent and learn how God helps us in times of distress.
Helpless Times (Matthew. 8:23-27)
This is a story that involves Jesus and His disciples. A violent storm arose while they were sailing on a boat in the sea of Galilee. They tried to navigate through it, but they got to a point that they couldn’t do anything no more.
All this time, Jesus was asleep, and after trying and failing to steer the boat from the storm, they went and woke Him up – asking for His help .
And when Jesus stood, He rebuked and commanded the waves to “Be Still”. To the amazement of His disciples, the entire sea and the winds became calm at His command!
Before He calmed the sea, He had asked them “why are you afraid”?
Afterward, they started asking among themselves; “who is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?“
Peace while Grieving (John 11: 1-45)
Martha and Mary had lost their brother, Lazarus after being sick for a while. When the report was sent to Jesus, He did the unexpected – absolutely nothing! He went on to stay for extra 2 days until Lazarus died and they got on with the burial.
You can imagine the disappointment that Martha and Mary had; after asking for Jesus to come and heal their sick brother, only to wait for Him in vain – till they watched their brother die.
We all have moments relatable. Where we anticipate God to show up but somehow, He chooses not to. We pray, asking for His help; we even start doubting if He will show up.
Later, four days after Lazarus’ death – Jesus showed up. Of course, the human nature of the sisters to the deceased approached Jesus questioning and blaming Him for the “His late arrival”. These grief-stricken ladies were not only confused by Jesus’ words when He spoke of Himself, to them, as “The Ressurection”.
On that day, God through Jesus did what these two sisters were not expecting, neither did He do what they thought He should do. He raised their brother from the dead and he came out of the tomb. Also, many believed in Jesus after seeing what He had done!
This goes to show us, that things don’t work out as we intend; but God has a way of getting greater Glory for Himself when He performs miracles by using our situations.
When you are faced with trouble, Trust God. Ask Him to glorify Himself through your situation. Even when it seems like He is doing nothing – still wait on Him patiently. Perhaps He’s got something much bigger and better in-store that will exceed your expectations.