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23rd Feb 2022


Shelter in a Time of Storm

We are experiencing a season of extraordinary physical storms here in the UK.
Alongside this many are living through fierce storms that rage within (emotional & spiritual).
Jesus is our shelter amidst any & every external & internal storm.
The Lord is the One who can still the wind & waves (Psalm 65:7; 89:9; 107:29; Luke 8:23-25) that rage around & against us.
His presence & authority re-establishing peace & calm – physically, emotionally & spiritually. Peace – Be Still.


On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.”
Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was.
And other little boats were also with Him.
And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling.
But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow.
And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!”
And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.
But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”
And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”
Mark 4:35-41 NKJV


Incredibly Jesus slept in the midst of this fierce storm!!
Once the disciples had awoken Him He quickly brought calm to the chaos.
In response to his authoritative command the wind & waves ceased & were calm.
Jesus released the peace which carried power to still the storm. SELAH.
He cares deeply about everything that is happening to you.
Jesus brought peace not only to the wind & waves but also to the rising panic & increasing fear of the disciples.
He remains the One who can restore harmony & tranquillity – within & without.
Jesus speaks peace to the storms around us & peace to those within us.
Hear His voice & word to you today. Be still & know that I am God (Psalm 46:10).

Jesus longs for you to search for & find Him amidst the storms you encounter & experience.
To receive the peace He brings so that you can be still in His presence.
To trust Him in the midst of trouble & turmoil. To hear, respond in faith & receive the words He speaks.
Peace – Be Still. SHALOM. Listen for the still small voice (1 Kings 19:11-12).
That voice speaks in the midst of every one of your storms.
Jesus is always YOUR shelter from the storm within & the storm without.
He remains the source of your calm & peace – restoring harmony & bringing tranquillity.
Turn to Him & trust Him. Receive the stillness His presence alone brings.
Be still to hear the still small voice. SELAH.

Jesus is ever beside us as our secure shelter & sure salvation.
Will we rely upon the one who never leaves us or forsakes us (Hebrews 13:5)?
Will we hear & trust His voice that STILL speaks Peace, Be Still.
May faith rise up in us. May we keep trusting.
Will we let Him still us with His presence & peace?
God is in the still small voice of silence & stillness. SELAH.
Peace, Be Still may our faith rise above fear in His presence.
Hallelujah!! What a saviour, what a shelter from the storm.


For Reflection

  • Recall & reflect upon a storm that Jesus has ceased & calmed for you.
  • In what ways do I let fear, anxiety, panic & doubt crowd in upon & potentially crush my faith?
  • Meditate & be still in the presence of the Lord.

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Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the peace I continually find in You,
Thank you Jesus that you are my constant shelter & sure salvation in every storm.
Holy Spirit strengthen my faith afresh today,
To keep me actively seeking for & finding the Lord amidst the storms of this life.
In Jesus mighty Name,
Amen.

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