One of my favorite verses in the Bible is from Exodus. It is chapter 14 verse 14 and it says:
Adonai will do battle for you. Just calm yourselves down!” (CJB)
The line, “Just calm yourselves down!” makes me laugh every time I hear it. I can hear Moses delivering that line to the Children of Israel. This situation occurred as they had left Egypt and were by the Red Sea. Pharaoh sent the army to come after them. Moses was telling the Israelites that God had taken care of them so far, so HE would once again come through and DELIVER them.
The word I heard this week was, “calm.” It’s time to be calm. It’s time to let God fight the battle for you. This is what I felt He wanted me to remind you of this week.
Let’s look at some verses with the word calm.
Psalm 107:29-30 He silenced the storm and stilled its waves,and they rejoiced as the sea grew calm. Then he brought them safely to their desired port. (CJB)
Isaiah 7:4 and say to him, ‘Take care to stay calm and unafraid; don’t be demoralized by these two smoldering stumps of firewood, by the blazing anger of Retzin and Aram or the son of Remalyah; (CJB)
Mark 4:39-40 He awoke, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” The wind subsided, and there was a dead calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you no trust even now?” (CJB)
All of these verses have to do with TRUSTING that God will do what He says He will do. All of them have to do with WAITING for HIM and being patient that HE will take care of you!
In each situation above, God took care of the person(s) involved. If you read the whole chapter of Psalm 107 you will find that David was writing about his ancestors and the deliverance God gave them from the wilderness. David looked to the past to know the PROMISES that God followed through with.
In Isaiah there were people attempting to conquer Jerusalem. The king at the time, Ahaz, was afraid that Retzin and Aram were going to attack. God told Isaiah to meet Ahaz and give him the message that he was supposed to, “stay calm and unafraid.” God was giving the king instructions to TRUST Him because HE had it all under control.
The verses in Mark are well known. We know that Jesus did calm the waters on the Sea of Galilee. For those of you who have visited Israel during the winter months, you will know that the Sea can become quite volatile depending on the weather. It can arise quite quickly at times. Small boats would not be able to sail in this type of weather. The disciples had reason to be afraid and call on Jesus. In this case, they trusted Him enough to cry out and ask Him to help.
When we are in tough situations, do we cry out for help? Do we let HIM know of our need? Do we TRUST HIM to bring the calm to our soul?
Throughout all of the Bible TRUST brings PEACE, REST and CALM. Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. That is TRUST. We cannot see the PEACE, we cannot see the REST, we do not experience the CALM, but when we TRUST and have FAITH, it comes.
Being calm, to me, means to REST in the fact that HE has everything under control. When I worry or get angry, I am not trusting HIM to do what He needs to do! When I TRUST Him, the waters will be calm.
I encourage you to find a place to LET GO of your worries and TRUST Him to bring the calm. Find a place to just breathe and let HIM bring CALM and REST to your soul.
When we come to the realization that TRUST in HIM brings us to a CALM place, than we can find REST in Him. We will RESTORE ourselves to Him. We are then REFRESHED to walk forward day to day.
Love and blessings,
The picture this week is one my daughter, Abigail, took. She called it “Calm Water.” It is one of her favorites and based on this weeks teaching, one of mine too.