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Calming the storm

Boda Lawson • Apr 21, 2020 at 11:30 AM

Editor’s note: With so many churches in our area having to suspend worship services during the coronavirus pandemic, we are asking local pastors to partner with us in bringing a daily message of hope and comfort to readers during this difficult time.

I know a man who faced many storms of life. Some were voluntarily met and some not by choice. Though tattered and torn, God’s mighty hand of mercy ripped away the claws of death. As time raged toward the valley of death, he too often seeped from Satan’s cup of poison; sin. Even when he acknowledged God and refused His love, God was there.

Coming to a knowledge of the truth, he cried “time don’t run out on me until I am considered worthy.” Christ said: “Come unto me, your sins are forgiven enter into the labor, be fruitful and ye shall have eternal life.” Thank God for His mercy, love and compassion on sinners!

Three hung on trees facing the greatest storm of their lives. Two were thieves. One repented. One did not. All three died. All three soared to their eternal destination. The center one was the only begotten Son of God. He did not sin. Innocent, He took the cross to alleviate our sins. Sin brings death. Before he could die he had to have sin within. He accepted ours and gave up his Spirit and died. Though buried, he unlike the other two, did not stay in the cloak of death. He arose with a glorified body; the thieves went, one to paradise forgiven and one to hell rejecting.

Storms we have some, we are not forgotten. Some storms God quinces; others must continue until they abate by natural trend having done the thing God had planned. Normally, storms last but for a season. Only God knows the length of their duration. Some people complain, some pray while some knowingly accept silence and the will of God.

Judges 6:13 “And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us?” Psalms 89:9 “Thou rulest the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them.” Jonah 1:15 “So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.” Luke 8:24 “And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water; and they ceased, and there was a calm.” Again God calmed the raging storm in the sea and saved the boat from crashing. Some know not God and suffer. Jude 1:13 “Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.”

The remedies of this world cannot blot out the will of God concerning it. Proverbs 20:1 “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.”

Hold fast your faith and ride out this COVID-19 storm!

Know God, know peace. Amen.

Boda Lawson is assistant pastor of New Melody Church in Duffield, Virginia.

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