Ever had a time in your life where no matter what you do, you just can’t seem to get control of major areas in your life?
The storms of life hit everyone at some point. For some it’s just a rough day or week. For others it can be years.
If you aren’t careful, the storms of life can fling you into a pit of depression, despair or hopelessness. I should know, I’ve been there.
But it doesn’t have to be that way…
It IS possible to find peace in the midst of uncertainty, chaos and the trials of life.
Is it by meditating to make it all “go away”? Ignoring the problems? Refining your skills to “overcome” everything that’s coming at you? Shifting to a “positive mindset” Or praying fervently for the storms to cease?
In my experience, the answer is no.
(And yes, I’ve tried all those ways and then some… 😂)
Sure, some of those methods may work for a little bit– they can provide a fleeting “peace”…but you won’t get to experience Philippians 4:7 peace… the peace that surpasses all understanding.
That’s the golden peace… the unshakable peace.
So how DO you get a lasting peace in the midst of chaos? By affixing your eyes and your mind on the Lord.
If we take our eyes off of Jesus, we’re going to drown in our own circumstances. Ask Peter…
When Jesus began walking on water in the midst of a raging storm, Peter boldly asked Jesus to call him out of the boat, and he did. Peter did what the others were too afraid to do…he actually stepped out of the boat!
(Let’s give him some props for literally stepping out in faith, right?!?). He was far bolder that the other disciples huddled in the boat…
But then, Matthew 14:30 tells us, Peter changed course…he took his eyes off of Jesus and instead he started looking at the wind.
That’s when things went all wrong for poor Peter. He began sinking!
Fortunately, in that moment he realized who was the only one that could save him. So he called out to Jesus. Jesus immediately reached out and saved him….while lovingly rebuking him…saying: “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
What happened that caused Peter to sink?
He focused on the wrong thing. He focused on his circumstances. And if we’re honest, can we really blame him?!?
I mean, he’s in the midst of a massive storm on the sea! Waves are crashing around him, thrashing his boat. It would be pretty hard (if not impossible) not to focus on the circumstances around him. They were louder….they were bigger…they totally surrounded him…
I have no doubt that his brain was going a mile a minute in that moment…
…telling him that what’s happening around him is greater than what he’s capable of handling.
…telling him that he’s not Jesus
…telling him that it’s not “logical” that he would be walking on water
The interesting thing about all of those thoughts is, they are totally rational and logical. They are factually correct, right?
But (and it’s a BIG but…)
The Lord is the King of the Universe. The Creator of all that is. He is above ALL circumstances. He defies logic.
Logic says that after Jesus was crucified, died and was buried– that this was the end of the story.
But He rose!
He defied logic.
The mind of the flesh is susceptible to the suggestions of the Enemy….and make no mistake the Enemy wants your eyes firmly affixed on anything and everything BUT the Lord.
He’ll remind you of your circumstances, how you’re surrounded on all fronts…and if you choose to focus on your circumstances, you WILL feel helpless…you will feel insufficient and you will feel like you’re drowning.
Fix your mind on Christ, friend!
The designer of your life. The one who knows you better than anyone else. The one who spoke the world into existence. He wants to help you. He wants to bless you with the peace that comes only from Him.
In the midst of the storm we shouldn’t be focused on the Lord taking away the storm… but rather for Him to bless us with His peace in the midst it.
Jesus didn’t promise that life would be smooth sailing… In fact, He said just the opposite. Jesus promised that there would be trials and suffering. Such is life this side of Heaven.
But we don’t need to feel like we’re drowning in our circumstances! Instead we can find refuge in the peace that surpasses all understanding. I have experienced that peace, and continue to experience it when I focus my eyes on the Lord.
If you’re in the midst of a storm, I want to invite you to release your white knuckle grip on the need to control everything….because no matter what you do, you can’t control it anyways…
I want to invite you to surrender and turn your eyes to the Lord. Ask him three things…
- For him to bless you with the peace that surpasses all understanding
- What do I need to know about my current circumstances?
- What is the next best step for me to take?
When you focus on Jesus and invite him into your circumstances and ask for His guidance, you can overcome all things. Remember “I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13.
I surrender all of my circumstances to you. I know that I cannot control any of it, and I don’t want to keep trying. I am asking for you to bless with me your peace as I navigate these troubled waters. Renew my mind, and guide my steps. Lord reveal to me what I need to know about my current circumstances and what the next best step is that I should take from here.”
In your mighty name I pray,
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”- John 16:33