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Peace In The Storm (“Cornerstone” worship video)

Jesus calms storm by dore in public domain

Peace In The Storm

Every follower of Jesus Christ faces storms.  Maybe it’s job uncertainty, health problems, ministry setbacks, or parenting concerns.

And those howling winds, driving rain, and crashing waves threaten to sink us — and we can be filled with fear.

“Peace! Be Still!”

The disciples felt this fear.

They were in a boat, crossing to the other side of the sea.  Jesus was asleep in the back, when a great windstorm arose, kicking up waves that broke into the boat so it was filling with water (Mark 4:37).

And — no surprise — the disciples were terrified.  They woke Jesus up: “Do you not care that we are perishing?”

Then Jesus got up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea “Peace!  Be still!”

And what happened?  “The wind ceased, and there was a great calm” (Mark 4:39).

And Jesus said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid?  Have you still no faith?” (Mark 4:40).

Lord Over The Storm

We do not need to fear the storms of life, because Jesus, the Lord of every storm, is with us.

He’s not worried.  He is not frightened.

He is in sovereign control of wind and waves — and cancer cells, job security, ministry disappointments, and everything else.

And in every storm we face, what he speaks brings great calm.

Sometimes, as with the disciples, he commands the storm to cease.

But at other times, he allows the storm to continue.  But even then, we can have great calm, because we are not alone.

He is with us in the boat, giving us such closeness with him that we are strengthened and secured and satisfied — in him.

Cornerstone

That’s the message of this powerful worship song.

It’s based on the hymn “My Hope Is Built,” which was written by Edward Mote in 1834.

The lyrics present truth about Jesus Christ which will give us great calm in every storm —

My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.

No matter how much I have sinned, by faith alone I am reconciled to God, and all his promises are true for me — forgiveness (1 John 1:9), provision (Matthew 6:33), strength (Philippians 4:13), wisdom (James 1:5), heart-satisfaction (John 6:35).

I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly trust in Jesus’ name. 

We don’t trust our feelings to earn us standing before God.  We come to God as we are, and wholly trust in Jesus’ name, knowing that we are accepted no matter how unspiritual we are feeling.

When darkness hides his lovely face, I rest on his unchanging grace.

Sometimes we can’t see the glory of God in the face of Christ.  But we don’t despair — we just keep trusting his unchanging grace.

In every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the veil.

Picture a boat facing gale-force winds, which could drive it into the rocks.  But when a boat is anchored, the anchor keeps the boat from moving.

When we face storms, we have an anchor — our hope in God’s promises (Hebrews 6:18-19).  This hope brings us within the veil of God’s very presence.  That’s where we will find great calm, no matter how strong the storm.

So listen to this song prayerfully, and let the truth of who God is in Christ bring you great peace in the storm.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvLxZEU02uI

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6 Responses

  1. Brian says:

    Steve,

    Thank you.

    Regarding resting “on His unchanging grace”, Paul describes his storm, a trial he experienced to “keep me from exalting myself” which, concerned the thorn in the flesh he suffered. In this, Paul states:
    2 Corinthians 12:8-10: Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

    While I would prefer to escape the storms HIS Grace is the anchor that holds me from disaster.

    In whom else can I commit my trust? In Christ alone!

    Brian

  2. Josh says:

    Reminds me of a verse in Romans … And not only this but we also rejoice in our tribulations, knowing that trbulation leads to perseverance, and perseverance to proven character, and proven character to hope and hope does not disappoint for the love of God has been poured out within us.

    We just found out this week that we will likely not be able to adopt our foster children who we’ve had for about 14 months. We have blanketing peace from the Lord and love Him more for this time in our lives but it doesn’t make the pain hurt less. It just hurts different. The pain is beautifully purposed and the bitterness is sweetened by our Hope, who will make all things new when He comes in flaming fire with His holy ones. May He find us faithful when He comes.

  3. carol says:

    It is so encouraging to know that we can find peace in christ amist every kind of storm,Everyday i realise how important peace from God is.

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