Several years ago a submarine was being tested;
And it had to remain submerged for many hours.
When it returned to the harbour-
– the captain was asked, “How did the terrible storm last night affect you?”
The officer looked at him in surprise and exclaimed, “Storm? We didn’t even know there was one!”
The submarine had been so far beneath the surface-
– that it had reached the area known to sailors as “the cushion of the sea.”
Although the ocean may be whipped into huge waves by high winds, the waters below are never stirred.
God provides that kind of-
Cushion for Christians!
Let’s see how we can have that kind of peace in our lives.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
Paul wrote these words while sitting in a prison cell in Rome awaiting possible execution.
If anyone had a reason to be anxious-
– it would have been him.
Paul knew that peace didn’t come from our circumstances,
– but from the One who gives peace:
The word “guard” is the same word that was used of the soldiers who were responsible to keep prisoners from escaping.
Since their life depended on it (Acts 12:19)-
– they were very careful not to let anything happen to the ones they were guarding.
What circumstances might be disturbing your heart or your mind today?
Make a list and take them to the Lord.
As you pray about your situations-
– be sure to give thanks:
– both for the circumstances
– and for your God who is bigger than your problem!