“But the wicked are like the tossing sea, for it cannot be quiet, and its waters toss up refuse and mud. ‘There is no peace,’ says my God, ‘for the wicked.’” (Isaiah 57:20-21)Have you ever known someone whose life was in continual turmoil? They stumble through life from one disaster to another. They look for good but find only mud and refuse. In their life there is no peace, only trouble, confusion, and despair. This is the life of the wicked, those living without God and following a path after their own making.
How can such a storm tossed person find safe harbor for their life? There was a time when the disciples of Jesus were sailing across the Sea of Galilee. Jesus had stayed on the other side to spend the night praying. As the sailed, a great storm came up and tossed them violently. As they rowed hard against the storm, Jesus came to them walking on the water. The disciples were first afraid, but soon they were glad to have Jesus aboard with them. “Then He got into the boat with them, and the wind stopped; and they were utterly astonished.” (Mark 6:51) As soon as they received Jesus into the boat with them, the wind and the storm ceased and the sea was calm.
When our lives are turbulent and storm tossed, we need to invite Jesus into our “boat”. The presence of Jesus in the boat with the disciples was enough to calm the storm, and the same is true in our lives. When we allow Jesus to come in, and when we surrender our lives to Him, He calms our storms and restores peace to our lives. Jesus becomes our rock of strength and our tower of refuge. “In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” (Hebrews 6:17-20) The hope Paul is talking about is our hope in the saving grace of Jesus Christ. When we place our hope in Him, our hope becomes an anchor to our souls, an anchor to hold our life steady and firm, regardless of the storms that may come our way. Is your life like the storm tossed of the waves of the sea? If so, invite Jesus into your boat and let Him calm the storm.