I heard a story of a small boy seated all by himself in one of the train carriages, late in the nighttime. Out of curiosity, a couple who just jumped on the train asked him if he was not worried being alone. The young boy said, ”NO!”. The couple was amazed, asking among themselves, ‘how come a young boy of this age gave a confident response like that?’. They went further to ask him, ”why?” The boy with a smiley face said,” because my DADDY is the train driver”!
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31 (NIV)
If only we can wholly have the consciousness of the ever-abiding presence of God about us, we would be equally confident as this little male child. Confident even in the thick of the raging storm and tumult waves of uncertain future. I reckon the boy was relaxed, feel comfortable and probably glued his eyes on a video game device. Less concerned, about his loneliness and the dark sky view from the window pane. The gumption of his father in charge of the ascendancy of the train undoubtedly gave him no cause to harbour any fear.
So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. Hebrews 10:36 (NIV)
STAYING CALM IN THE MIDST OF A STORM
Matters that are written down in the Bible are written for our lessons and instruction. (1Cor10:11) One day Jesus and His disciples were in the similar situation like that of the little boy, only instead of the disciples to remain calm they panicked. They were in the same boat with Jesus when the storm was raging. Whereas Jesus was sleeping during this period. The disciples were restless. They ran to Jesus for help but He was not pleased with their decision. He required them to be calm like Him. (Matt.8: 23-27) It then implies that in that respect could be things we constantly pray for, that may just be all we need do is to address the situation by ourselves knowing full well that God is on our side. We must develop an absolute trust in God and His promises. At that place could be stormy but that would not change His promises. If we truly give Him control of our lives, there is no ground to dread what the enemy or circumstance would do to us.
They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the LORD to care for them. Psalm 112:7 (NLT)
PAUL’S ATTITUDE IS WORTHY OF EMULATION
Apostle Paul’s attitude to raging storm is worthy of emulation. Paul on his journey to be tried in Rome, travelling with others faced with the impending catastrophic situation. The waves were so strong to the extent that everyone believed they might die except Paul. Paul is acting as the only man in the village, persuading others to remain calm…. Begging them to eat their food. Paul’s attitude here is worthy of emulation. How many of us could respond like that under such circumstances? What gives Paul confidence? He was confident because he was persuaded in his spirit; impressed by God. (Acts 27:1-38) Everything still comes down to knowing the will of God in every situation. The word of God should be the root of our assurance and sureness. Hence, “ if you know your DADDY is the one driving the TRAIN, you don’t NEED to worry!”
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6 (ESV)
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