In times where people are anxious and nervous about the oncoming events of the storm, people need comfort.
You usually hear sermons of comfort after something tragic has happened – usually, a death, at a funeral, – or after something horrible happens in the world.
But you know what? I certainly can use comfort pretty much every day of my life, knowing that God is with me, and knowing that He is in control of all things. Every day, one of us needs that reassurance.
Isaiah 66:13 offers an encouraging, comforting passage – where God says “As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you.”
This conjures up an image of a loving mother drawing her child near to her, wiping away tears and singing a soft lullaby. God is saying that he is there for us in the same way.
In the New Testament, a word is used – the word is parakaleo – which means “called to the side of.” God offers us comfort by calling us to walk beside Him, and He gives us the Holy Spirit to be with us. He is with us always.
And who better to have by our side than one who is immovable, unshakeable, always constant, always there, never wavering? Who better to have by our side who is described like this in Psalm 46:
God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
God loves His children. And we are His children. God is great and wonderful, and most worthy of our praise – and regardless of what may come our way, God is in control.
As we face the storm, I am reminded of scriptures throughout where God stills and calms them. Today, I pray for God not only to still and calm the oncoming storm, but I pray He will still and calm our spirit, our wandering minds, our fears.
In Acts 27, Paul finally sails for Rome, but along the way, they ran into a storm. Acts 27:13 describes that it started as a gentle south wind, but before long, a wind of hurricane force called the northeaster came down from the island of Crete. The ship was caught and they threw anchor for fear they would crash into the rocks. The bible tells us for 3 days, they threw things overboard, and didn’t see the sun nor the stars.
In verse 22 – Paul gives us the men this message that I want to leave with you this morning: “But now I urge you to keep courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed.”
After the storm, and a shipwreck, and even after being bit by a snake, he walked away and arrived at Rome.
Through this storm, I can’t promise you that things won’t be destroyed, but if they are – as Paul said – only the ship will be destroyed. Our course is set to Heaven – and when we follow this great God of comfort, I promise you we will arrive.
Be safe everyone!