Imagine yourself in an awful situation when you know in your heart it was The Lord’s will for you to be there. Not in the situation, but at the place where you were Spirit-led. At that moment, did you question the circumstance, or the all knowing Savior who brought you to it? This is precisely the moment in time that the disciples found themselves; in the middle of the sea, Jesus on board, and a tsunami shows up out of nowhere. Where was the Lord? Down below, asleep on a pillow. The ship began to take on water, starting to sink, and of course panic ensued. “Lord, how can you sleep through this? Do you not even care we are all about to perish? Three words of rebuke were spoken that were then and now the antidote for all natural disasters. “Peace be still.”
Destruction at noonday covers the bellum of nature’s traumatic occurrences; tornadoes, hurricanes, severe thunderstorms, flooding, etc. With today’s scientific and meteorological advances, it’s quite unlikely for any of these to “suddenly” appear. We are forewarned and can take necessary precautions. Unfortunately, this knowledge alone does not diminish the fear and often feelings of dread and helplessness that follow. Only a revelation of the One who spoke those three words can bring that comfort alive inside of you. Equally imperative, is the understanding that these “natural disasters” cannot be sent from God, otherwise, the Son would have acted in direct opposition to His Father when He chastised the storm.
I can do nothing on my own. I judge as God tells me. Therefore, my judgment is just, because I carry out the will of the one who sent me, not my own will. John 5:30 (NLT)
God promised protection even from natural disasters. Fear of things beyond our control can be used by the enemy to torment us, leaving in it’s wake, distraught and powerless beings. Like any other crisis, including natural disasters, God did not promise we would not have them. However, He wrote the book on the subject. The Bible is full of crises and our God overcame every one of them. He is the ultimate crisis manager. That revelation allows us to rest in Him.