If you are a Bible student, you would have read the story of Jesus sleeping during a storm while His disciples were afraid and troubled, thinking they were going to die. Like the disciples, we too often encounter storms in our life, which may make us feel God can’t or won’t work. Perhaps, it is a doctor’s negative report, a loss of job or source of livelihood or the storms of the troubled heart. Whatever the problem may be, we can determine to still rejoice, rest in God and trust Him to help us deal with the problems that we face.
Charles Spurgeon writes “Christians can rejoice even in the deepest distress. Though trouble may surround them, they still sing. The waves may roll over them, but their souls soon rise to the surface and see the light of God’s face. They have a buoyancy about them that keeps their heads above water and helps them sing in the middle of the storm, “God is with me still” Profound. However, like the disciples in this story, we won’t be able to sleep and sing in the storm, if we don’t really believe that God is with us. It will only be possible when we see Jesus as the Morning Star and Someone we long to gaze upon as the Sun in all His strength. When the presence of Jesus is all the heaven we desire, then, we cannot but not rest and rejoice in all situations.
“And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.” Acts 16:25