Finding Peace in Your Storm

Finding Peace in Your Storm

You may be in a season right now where everything around you seems out of control. Maybe it’s your job. Perhaps there’s great trouble within your family. Or you’re distressed about what’s happening in our nation. When life seems to be falling apart, even the upright can get uptight.

Galatians 5:22 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, PEACE.

This kind of peace only comes as a fruit of the Spirit. It’s not the peace the world can give. It’s not dependent on circumstances. To begin with, you cannot have true, lasting peace in your life until first you become a child of God—until you’re saved. “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1).

Then, once saved, you still face the battles and storms of life that come to all of us. You realize you have peace with God but not have the peace of God.

Yet God intends for His peace to be yours:

“Let the peace of God rule in your heart.”” Colossians 3:15.

“And the peace of God which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:7.

When the Lord Jesus Christ was facing the cross, He made out His last will and testament. Did you know He mentioned you in His will?

He left you His peace: “Peace I leave with you, My peace give I unto you. Not as the world gives, give I unto you.” John 14:27.

It’s not the kind of peace the world can give.  As the old sang says, “The world didn’t give it to me and the world can’t take it away.”

It is supernatural peace, the peace of God that passes all understanding, to rule your heart and mind. This kind of peace is not the absence of problems.  It is the addition of power. Jesus’ disciples had to experience it to learn it, and you will, too.

You may be thinking, “I don’t need this. Everything’s peaceful in my life. I’m just sailing along smoothly.” Really? I’m happy for you. But just wait awhile. You’ll never have complete absence of problems as long as you’re on this earth. Sooner or later, you’re going to be in a storm.

By the way, understand there are 2 kinds of storms in life:

  • Storms we ourselves cause, like Jonah who chose to get out of the will of God. That was a correcting storm.


  • Storms that come because we are in the will of God. That is a perfecting storm.

Whether it’s correcting or perfecting, remember: God is over all.

The disciples’ encounter with a storm in Matthew 14 shows us what real peace is. What they learned about peace will spell PEACE in your own life when you take them to heart.


“His purpose brought me here.”

The disciples weren’t on the stormy Sea of Galilee because they were out of the will of God. Jesus Christ Himself told the disciples to get in the boat and row to the other side (Matthew 14:22). They were in the will of God and sailed right into a storm. One thing you’ll never hear God say is “Oops.” Jesus providentially led them there.

If you’re in a storm right now, I want you to say, “Providence: His purpose brought me here.”

And don’t get the idea that if you’re in the will of God, you won’t have any storms.

Some are teaching the false theology that we’ll just sail through with health and wealth and die happy in our old age. That is (1) not true and (2) not biblical.

If you’re in a storm right now, know that if God did not cause it, God allowed it. It did not take Him by surprise. Nothing comes to you that God doesn’t know about. He is over it, beyond it, through it, above it, & in it.

He is the providential God.


“His prayers protect me here.”

Mark 6:47-48 records the same event and tells us that while the disciples were rowing, struggling against the storm, Jesus was on the mountain praying for them. He saw them. The Bible teaches Jesus “ever lives to make intercession for you” (Hebrews 7:25). He is now in glory, seated at the right hand of the Father, entreating the Father on your behalf.


“His presence comes to me here.”

He is there with you. He is the great “I am” in the midst of your storm.

I will never leave you nor forsake you. Hebrews 13:5

But now, thus saith the Lord that created thee, 0 Jacob, and He that formed thee, 0 Israel, Fear thou not, for I have redeemed thee. I have called thee by thy name. Thou art Mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee, and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee. When thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned, neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. Isaiah 43:1-2.

We need to learn how to recognize Jesus in our storm. He was there, but at first His disciples didn’t realize that. Because they didn’t recognize His presence, they were afraid and had no peace.

Corrie Ten Boom said, “If you look at circumstances, you’ll be distressed. If you look within, you’ll be depressed. If you look at Christ, you’ll be at rest.”

God’s plan is for your peace. When you lose His peace, you’re stressed.

Stress is that measurement of the degree to which you have your eyes on the storm and not on God. You’ve taken your eyes from Jesus and put them on the problem.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore [because He is present] we will not fear. Though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea…. Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:1-2 & 10.

Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid. I am here. I have come to you in this storm.”


“His power sustains me here.”

The word “comfort” has 2 parts: “Com” means “with.” “Fort” means “strength”. “Comfort” means to be with someone with strength. It takes power to walk on the water. God comes to us with His strength.

Why did Jesus put them in that ship, knowing a storm was coming? Why did He intercede for them, come walking on the water, then allow Peter to walk on the water? Was Jesus showing off? Of course not. He’s teaching a glorious spiritual lesson: God comes to you with power to sustain you in your storm. Even though Peter began to sink, he didn’t drown.

The waves they feared would put them under, Jesus is walking over. What they thought was going to be over their heads was already under His feet. I don’t care what your problem is, He has subdued your problem. He is head over all.

These things have I spoken unto you that you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation. Be of good cheer. I have overcome the world. John 16:33

And God hath put all things under His feet and given Him to be head over all things. Ephesians 1:22

He says, “You’re going to have storms, but I’ve overcome them. What you think is over your head is under My feet.” That is the comfort you have.

Someone once said, “The will of God will never take me where the grace of God cannot keep me.” You’ll never get in a storm but what He allows it, even if He doesn’t cause it.


“His promise assures me here.”

We do not live by explanations, we live by promises. If God were to explain things to us, most of us wouldn’t understand. His ways are not our ways; His thoughts not our thoughts (Is 55:8-9).

Behind every command of God is His promise to carry it out. Andrew Murray said, “God is willing to assume full responsibility for a life totally committed to Him.”

Whether it be a perfecting storm or a correcting storm, you can have the full expectation that God will keep His Word and see you through.

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord. Though he fall he shall not be utterly cast down, for the Lord upholdeth him with His hand. Psalm 37:23-24

Providence:  His purpose brought me here.

Entreaty:       His prayers protect me here.

Assurance:    His presence comes to me here.

Comfort:       His power enables me here.

Expectation: His promise assures me here.


Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee, because he trusteth in Thee. Isaiah 26:3.

Keep these 5 truths in the forefront of your mind as you navigate through the storms of your life. You can have peace in the midst of your storm.



A Meaningful Quiet Time – part 3

III. Because We Gain Tremendous Benefit From It.

The final reason that we should have a daily quiet time is because of all of the benefits it brings into our lives. God has promised many things (some 7,000 promises) but some things He has promised to those who take the time to get to know Him through His word.

What are the benefits of a daily quiet time?


  • JOY –The most joyful Christians are those who spend time with Him daily.


Ps 16:11 You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.


Ps 119:47 And I will delight myself in Your commandments, Which I love.


Ps 119:97 Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.


Ps 119:162 I rejoice at Your word as one who finds great treasure.


Jer 15:16 Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts.


  • STRENGTH – As we meet with the Lord daily, we get our spiritual batteries recharged and gain the perspective of an eagle, seeing things as they really are.


Isa 40:29-31 – He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, 31 But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.


  • PEACE – We get peace of heart only when we have the assurance that God is in control of all things. This can only come through His Word.

Ps 119:165 Great peace have those who love Your law, And nothing causes them to stumble.


Isa 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.


Isa 48:18 Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, And your righteousness like the waves of the sea.


Rom 8:6-8, For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.


  • STABILITY – When we have a regular time of Bible reading, prayer and worship, our lives become stable; the quiet time helps to alleviate the “spiritual roller coaster” type of living.

Ps 16:8-9, I have set the LORD always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. 9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope.


Ps 46:1-3, God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3 Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling.


Ps 55:22 Cast your burden on the LORD, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.


Ps 57:7 My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise.


  • SUCCESS – The only promise of success in the Bible is connected to the condition of daily meditation on the Word of God.


Josh 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.


  • ANSWERED PRAYER – As we “remain” in Christ (spending quality time with Him) daily, we can claim this promise to be assured that our prayers will be answered.

John 15:7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.


  • OTHERS WILL NOTICE A DIFFERENCE IN OUR LIVES – People will know that we have been with Jesus. It is going to show in all areas of our lives. Being with Jesus is what will give confidence and boldness to us in witnessing about Him to those who don’t know Him.

Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.

A Meaningful Quiet Time (Part 2)

II. Because It Is Our Privilege as Christians

We should have a quiet time each day because it is a tremendous privilege that we have been granted – a personal interview and time of fellowship with the Creator of the Universe. This time allows us four great privileges.


  • We GIVE devotion to God.
  • We GET direction from God.
  • We GAIN delight in God.
  • We GROW more like God.

1. We GIVE Devotion To God.

First privilege is to give and not get.

What happens when we have a quiet time?

Ps 29:2

2 Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name; Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.


Ps 95:6

6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.


In recent years two wrong emphases have permeated the church.


The overemphasizing of GETTING. What will I get out of church, Sunday School, what can you do for my kids etc…


This is the result of our cultures being fascinated with being entertained. People must be entertained to be satisfied. When carried over into spiritual matters it becomes self-centered religion and that is not biblical.


Today in many churches much talk is about following Jesus but not much about the cost of discipleship. We have to offer prizes to get people to come when they ought to be coming because they love the Savior.


The other is the over emphases of WORKING for God and neglecting the WORSHIP of God. Satan has sold us a bill of goods in getting us to substitute work for worship.


We are to give Him daily devotion because He DESERVES it.


When John saw the multitude in heaven singing praises to God, he heard them saying.

Rev 4:11

11 “You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.”

 Rev 5:1-10

5:1 And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. 2 Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” 3 And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it. 4 So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it. 5 But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.” 6 And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7 Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne. 8 Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, 10 And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.”


We are to give Him daily devotion because He DESIRES it.


  1. We Get Direction From God.


Direction for our daily lives. Look at what David said,

Ps 25:4-5

4 Show me Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. 5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.


(Ps. 40:8, Ps. 73:24, Ps. 143:10, Isaiah 42:16)

Ps 40:8

8 I delight to do Your will, O my God, And Your law is within my heart.”

 Ps 73:24

24 You will guide me with Your counsel, And afterward receive me to glory.

 Ps 143:10

10 Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness.

 Isa 42:16

16 I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, And crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, And not forsake them.


Our quiet time is a great time to receive counsel from the Almighty.


When we get direction from God it causes us to consider our ways.


We take time to assess our lives.

That is what David did (Ps. 139:23-24 & Prov. 4:26, 14:12) Are we keeping on track? Are we growing in our spiritual life? Have we allowed sins to pile up?


Ps 139:23-24

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; 24 And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.

 Prov 4:26

26 Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established.

 Prov 14:12

12 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.


Our quiet time is also a time to commit our day to the Lord.  


Prov 3:5-6

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.


Ask God to show you His will for the day. (Much of His will is found in spending time in His Word.)


Ask Him to help you budget your time to allow you to use yours more wisely.


Ask Him to help you sort the necessary from the unnecessary.


Only through meeting with Him daily will He be able to guide your life more effectively.



  1. We Gain Delight in God.


To simply enjoy Him and bask in His presence. .


Ps 16:11

11 You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.


The secret of real joy is knowing God personally and intimately.


Ps 34:8

8 Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!


Ps 37:4

4 Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.


Ps 42:1-2

As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?


Ps 63:1

O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water.


Ps 73:25

25 Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.


Many Christians are unfulfilled and unhappy because they never spend any time in God’s presence..


The Apostle Paul number one priority was to know Him intimately.


Phil 3:7-11

7 But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,


To know someone intimately and enjoy them personally you must…

  • Spend quality time together.
  • Communicate meaningfully with them.


  • Observe them in a variety of situations. It is hard to have a love affair in a crowd. You need to get alone with that person. That is why the Bible speaks of our relationship with God through Christ as one of love. In fact it is a marriage – He is the Bridegroom and we are the Bride.)God said through the prophet Jeremiah in (Jer. 2:32). 32 Can a virgin forget her ornaments, Or a bride her attire? Yet My people have forgotten Me days without number. We particularly forget Him when we fail to read the love letter (His Word) written to us. Donna kept all of the letters that I used to write to her before we were married. Sometimes she takes them out and reads them again. What will it be like when we stand before the Father and tell Him, I just did not have time to read your letter?


    Are you anxious to get alone with Him and share with Him intimately? If not we should be.

Sometimes we get so busy working for God or even with our own doings that we just forget to love HIM.


  1. We GROW more like God.


How do we become more like Christ?


1st, we are made holy (like God) through the Word.


John 17:17

17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.


Our growth comes from through time spent in the scriptures, getting to know God intimately.


2nd, daily growth comes as the Word builds us up.


2 Tim 3:16-17

16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.


As we are taught in the ways of God, rebuked when we go astray, corrected to go back to the right path, and trained in righteous living, we cannot help but grow in the nurture and the admonition of God.


3rd, we grow as our minds are transformed from thinking the world’s way to thinking God’s thoughts after Him.


Rom 12:2

2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.


This only comes through Scripture, God’s revelation of His perfect will for us.


4th, through the promises of God we become more like God.


2 Peter 1:3-4

3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.


We can only know Him and appropriate His promises through the Word.


5th, we grow through the help given us by our Christian leaders, who teach the Word to us.


Eph 4:11-13

11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;


6th, we become more like Jesus as we spend time contemplating Him.


2 Cor 3:18

18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.


This change is gradual; as we continue contemplating Him in His Word, we grow more and more like Him. It is not a 5 second glimpse of Jesus that changes us, but rather a constant contemplation over a period of time.


The more you are with another person, the more you become like them. A couple married 50 years, so much alike. Like the same things, eat the same foods, and sometimes they start to look alike. The ultimate goal of the quiet time is for us to grow to be just like Jesus Christ.