1 Kings 19: 11-12
11 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.
Swirling, Begging, Shouting. Our lives go in and out of situations which verge on chaos. Our minds led to fight, flight, or just plain hyper focused on what ifs. This wound needs immediate attention. Survival is key. No other options exist or do they?
At times the wind kicks up just to stir some raw emotions. Other times a rumble and crack occur to throw us off kilter. On special occasions everything we know goes up in flames. It all is what the human experience entails. No escape and only expectation of its arrival. Satan the creator of all things chaotic.
Luke 8:21- 25
22 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. 23 As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.
24 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”
He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. 25 “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.
In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”
Our reaction is first to panic, and seek out ways to escape. As it sinks in, we become scared and anxious. How can we settle the sea? What if things intensify and there is no way out? It has happened before and it will happen again.
What if we didn’t give into the raging fire or unstable ground? What if we turned, breathed, and chose a quiet posture?
When Jesus was on the boat, I can imagine men pacing and others frozen in fear looking at the all encompassing waves. As Jesus arose from his restful sleep, He looked at not the waves but the men. Maybe He felt a bit disappointed in their faith and decided this was the perfect time for a lesson. With His gentle hands he calmed the sea and began to show His followers how God is even found in the chaos.
1 Corinthians 14: 15 So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding.
When our time comes to show God what we have, what shall we do? If we take a moment, quiet our minds, and begin to pray with fervent expectations, then and only then will we hear. In those moments of shear desperation and confusion, God will hear our pleas.
Matthew 21:22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.
Every time I have sought Jesus and truly prayed for comfort, peace, and guidance with an honest heart, He has delivered. There were times where it seemed as if the difficulty didn’t even exist after I prayed. Other times, He has directed a solution and also even provided a path for escape. My trust is with Him.
Yet, even though I know he has my back, I forget. How often when the next fiery darts are aimed right at me, I panic. The enemy always has a way of catching us off guard in the moments of complacency and weakness. Even Jesus has been tempted.
Matthew 4: 1-11
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”
7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.”
8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.”
11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
The only way to safeguard ourselves from what will happen, is to prime our minds daily so that we don’t forget what we have learned.
2 Corinthians 10: 3- 6 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 6 And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.
If we remain in the word, pray with assurance and praise on our lips, we will win against the chaos. Yet, the real answer is that we have already won. Our victory is complete in Jesus. So, why fret, worry, or become fearful? With our eyes forward towards God’s path, we need to walk with conviction through any wind, earthquake, or fire, holding our head high with peace in our hearts.
Ephesians 6: 10- 18
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,
John 16: 33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”