[May 8]
And He arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. Mark 4:39
THERE have been many storms permitted by the Lord to come upon the little company of his followers. Sometimes the whole journey of life has been a stormy one. We sometimes sing, "When the storms of life are raging." In his epistles, the apostle intimates that those who do not have storms, trials, and difficulties lack proof that they are God's children; for God would not be dealing with such as his children. (Hebrews 12:7,8) If we are children of God, we need to have trials and testings, that these may make us meet for the inheritance of the saints in light. (Colossians 1:12) In all these experiences, the tendency of the trial is to drive us nearer to the Lord, to make us feel that we need the divine shelter and care. And so a blessing comes out of these storms, either literal or figurative. Z'13-150 R5239:2 (Hymn 106)