He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. (Mark 4:39 New International Version)
Meditate: Life encounters wind and waves, and occasionally even there will be fatal danger. Wind and waves are inevitable in our life journey, but what we rely on is the presence of the Lord, storms are in His hands.
Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say, Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God”? (Isaiah 40:27 New International Version)
Meditate: When we meet the trough of life, God seems to be silent to us, or hides from us on purpose. We have to meditate God’s nature and actions since the creation of the universe, and look up to His non-tired, non-sleepy attributes, and incalculable wisdom.
You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. (Psalm 32:7 New International Version)
Meditate: God is our guarantee. Even though there are troubles in life, He is our refuge, keeping us out of the control of suffering, and surrounding us with hope of salvation. The secret lies in hiding in His peace.
He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted. (Job 5: 9 New International Version)
Meditate: God ’s actions are unfathomable, and his wonderful acts are far more than our imagination. How can we force our minds to demand the Almighty Lord and think that our ideas are the best?
“How many loaves do you have?” he asked. “Go and see.” When they found out, they said, “Five—and two fish.” (Mark 6: 38 New International Version)
Meditate: The disciples told Jesus that they had insufficient resources that cannot cope with the situation. Jesus turned around and told them to see how much resources they had. We often complain about the lack and deficiencies in life and work, yet we have lost an art, which is to set the starting point of life from the grace we have.
Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. (2 Chronicles 20:3 New International Version)
Meditate: Jehoshaphat was jointly attacked by neighboring countries. The strong enemies surrounded him and he might feel that they were invincible. Jehoshaphat’s heart was unavoidably trembling. During this crisis, he determined to seek Jehovah and led all Judah to fast. We do not need to escape from fear, the most important thing is to rely on God when we are afraid.
Cast all your anxiety on him
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Peter 5:7 New International Version (NIV)
The Almighty who is always thinking about us, and what we need to learn is to let our worry go to Him. In fact, He had long thought about us before we learned to let go of everything to Him.
You discern me
You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Psalm 139:2-3 New International Version (NIV)
When we live and work or take rest, and the thoughts in our hearts, God knows and looks dearly. So, whether we do good or evil, good times or adversity, God looks at us with His eyes.
You know me
You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.
Psalm 139:1 New International Version (NIV)
Before we knew God, God already knew us. It is not just knowing us in general, He does look at us carefully and holds us in His arms with love
Keep me as the apple of your eye
Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.
Psalm 17:8 New International Version (NIV)
Pray for God’s protection because we believe that He treats us with kindness as apple in His eyes. We also believe that with His power God will shelter us with His wings which give us complete shade.