Pastor, Westgate Church
America has endured many storms over the years. But none like this one.
The peace of our nation is currently being challenged on many fronts – rumors of war, violence, poverty, political unrest and natural disasters are all circulating at one time.
This upheaval is causing people to lose their peace as the systems, processes and people that we put our trust in seem to fail us over and over again.
Unfortunately, when peace goes, it is replaced with stress, fear, doubt, fretfulness, uncreativity, a lack of love for others, a lack of respect for life and hopelessness.
As a result, we see some of the tragic events that are happening today.
I’m reminded of a time when the disciples lost their peace. Matthew 14 details the story of these men who were experienced fishermen and knowledgeable of navigating storms who got into a boat to make a trip to the other shore. They had put their confidence in the boat, but the boat was no match for the storm.
The unexpected storm was like nothing they’d experienced before. Their peace abandoned them.
However, Jesus, the only one qualified to speak peace to this kind of a storm, went to them, walking on the sea and met them in the storm. As the story unfolds, we learn that Jesus’ presence, his word and his authority are the answer to the storms that threaten our peace. The disciples saw Jesus walking on the water, he told them not to be afraid because he was there, and the storm ceased when he stepped into the boat.
What’s attacking your peace today? The shooting in Las Vegas, the threat of nuclear war, the right to protest or counter-protest, the lack of godliness and morality in our communities, or personal trials regarding your health, family, or finances… Whatever the storm, know that God wants to bring peace to it today.
First, invite his presence to be with you. Jesus was with the disciples in the storm for a period of time before the winds ceased. As long as God is with you, you can face a storm and still maintain your peace.
Second, hear the word of the lord. Search the scripture and get a promise regarding your situation. Know that God is faithful and that he watches over his word to perform it in our lives (Jeremiah 1:12).
Finally, put God and his authority in charge of ship. Allow the lord to take control of the situation by resting in his promise. His peace passes all understanding. His promise says that “he whose mind is stayed on the lord will stay in perfect peace.”
Action steps: Fall on your knees on the grounds where your peace was stolen and lift your hands and face to God, the only one qualified to give you peace.
If you would like prayer, or are looking for a place to worship, please contact us at (225) 381-5700 or visit us at Westgate Church, 1622 Court St., Port Allen. We love you.
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