Peace in the Midst of Chaos
We can all say that in life it would be great if everything just went smoothly: the relationships we are a part of, the dreams that we work to attain, and so much more. We want to live a care free life. However, the reality is that we face trials, tribulations, and challenges in different seasons in our lives. As believers, we learn to choose faith and hope despite these challenges. However, what happens when during chaos, you take your eyes off of the God who keeps you a float when life tries to drown you?
In Worry-Free Living Joyce Meyers stated, "No one enjoys having problems, but through Christ, we don't have to let them control our attitudes and actions" (Meyers, p. 39).
In Matthew 14:22-33, The disciples are on a ship during a storm when they see a figure out on the ocean. Previously, the disciples had just seen Jesus heal the sick and feed five thousand men, outside of the women and children (vs.21).
I am sure that these were spectacular miracles for the disciples to witness. They made a decision to follow Jesus, and when they saw him work miracles, teach them, and show compassion to others, I am sure it seemed like they made the best decision of their lives. However, how would they react when things were not going that great? How would they react when challenged to move out of their comfort zones? How would they react when things went from perfect to chaotic? How would you?
The voice from the waters said, "Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid" (Vs. 29). And Peter's response was "Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water" (Vs. 29).
Have you ever seen God move in a great way and desire to be apart of it? Peter's eyes were fixed on being where Jesus, which was good. However, Peter did not realize that with new experiences came new challenges. Nevertheless, with his eyes on Jesus, he could withstand the test. In this text, it never says that the winds stopped blowing. Regardless, since Peter's eyes were fixed on Jesus, he was not thinking about the sea, the boat, or the winds. He was at peace knowing that Jesus was there, and since he said come, he could do anything. Have you every felt that way before? Do you feel that way now?
Next, Peter gets out of the boat and begins to walk to Jesus. However, then he began to focus on the winds, and he became a afraid. At the point where he took his eyes, heart, and mind off of Christ, he began to sink.
Peace is challenged during times where things are going contrary to what has been started, sought out, or planned. Do you really understand that sometimes your peace will be challenged? What will you do? What are you doing now? Will you keep your eyes fixed on God or will you begin to focus on the problem. The minuet we focus on the problem out faith begins to leave because now our attention is on the matter rather than God. Nevertheless, all hope is not gone for Peter. He is not lost at sea.
Next in the Bible, Peter cries out to Jesus, "Lord, save me" (Vs. 30). Jesus responds by stretching out his hand and catching him. Is it not wonderful that we serve a God that can catch us when we are about to drown? Then, Jesus states, "Oh thou of little faith, wherefore didn't thou doubt?" (Vs. 31). After he said that the wind stopped.
There are some challenges that you are in where you are being tested. Are you trusting God? He is pulling out something great in you. He wants you to experience something new. Choose peace by choosing to put your trust in God instead of focusing on the problem.
If you have been feeling like you are on the verge of drowning because of your present circumstances, I want to let you know that all you have to do is reach out and call out to God. He is there ready to save you. Once, he rescues you, make sure that you keep your eyes on him. Keep your peace! Peace is a clear indicator that your faith is in God.
You can have peace in the midst of chaos when your heart is fixed on God and not on whatever challenge you are faced with.