3 Things to Remember Before Panicking

When Jesus told His disciples one evening, “Let us cross over to the other side.” (Mark 4:35-41) I imagine the disciples thought this was going to be just another peaceful sail across the Sea of Galilee. Yet after they had pushed off from shore and were already making good headway, a fierce windstorm arose causing the waves around them to beat on the boat and fill it with water so that even those disciples who were professional fishermen were terrified for their lives. 

Yet in this terrifying storm, the disciples desperate to find Jesus, find Him in the stern fast asleep. Unphased in their moment of panic that Jesus could sleep so soundly in a storm like this,  the disciples woke Jesus blurting, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” Without a word to the disciples, Jesus calmly got up "rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm." And like that the storm was over. Simply by His Word, Jesus calmed the wind and waves, moving the disciples to wonder,  “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!” (Mark 4:35-41)

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Over at Precept Austin,(one of my favorite online stops when I'm studying the Word), I came upon some wonderful insights from Warren Wiersby (another fave!) regarding this familiar passage. He notes, and then gives three reasons the disciples should not have feared: 

"The storm described here must have been especially fierce if it frightened experienced fishermen like the disciples. There were at least three good reasons why none of the men in the ship should have been disturbed, even though the situation appeared to be threatening.
Three Reasons The Disciples Should 
Have Had Faith & Not Fear
 by Warren Wiersby 

1) They had His promise that they were going to the other side (Mark 4:35). His commandments are always His enablements and nothing can hinder the working out of His plans. He did not promise an easy trip, but He did promise a guaranteed arrival at their destination.

2) The Lord Himself was with them, so what was there to fear? They had already seen His power demonstrated in His miracles, so they should have had complete confidence that He could handle the situation. For some reason, the disciples did not yet understand that He was indeed the Master of every situation.

3) They could see that Jesus was perfectly at peace, even in the midst of the storm. This fact alone should have encouraged them. Jesus was in God’s will and knew that the Father would care for Him, so He took a nap. Jonah slept during a storm because he had a false sense of security, even though he was running from God. Jesus slept in the storm because He was truly secure in God’s will. “I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep, for You, Lord, only make me dwell in safety” (Psalm 4:8)"

Isaiah 41:10 Photo courtesy of Amen Designs

 I encourage you to take a minute and listen to the verse above, Isaiah 41:10 set to music by Seeds Family Worship. It's one of my favorites! One of those songs that I often catch myself singing as I go about my day. No matter how my day is going, this song always pumps me up. (As an added bonus, these songs by Seeds are a great way to memorize Scripture!) Enjoy! 

 3 Things To Remember Before Panicking
The next time you find yourself in anxious circumstances, remember these three things before panicking:

1. Remember what God has promised you. The best way I've found to remember what God has promised me, is by memorizing God's promises, especially those that minister most to me.

2. Remember Jesus is with you, Who is "a very present help in times of trouble." (Psalm 46:1) Each night, when I tuck my little girl in for bed, I remind her her "Remember Jesus is with you and He loves you very much." I can see a peace wash over her as I assure her of God's ever presence and love for her. There is something very comforting about remembering that we are not alone. We are not left to ourselves to handle our trials.But Jesus is with us and He loves us very much.

3. Remember as the storm rages, Jesus is at complete peace. Though turbulent circumstances may tempt us to panic, our Good Shepherd is at total rest. How? Because He is in complete control and knows the plans He has for us, plans to prosper us, and not to harm us, plans to give us a hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)  

Question for you: What Bible promises do you find most comforting in turbulent circumstances?


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30 comments:

  1. Excellent post!! Thanks for linking this up, Brooke!

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    1. Thanks, Kate! Glad you enjoyed this. God bless you abundantly!

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  2. Great thoughts - found you at Finding Heaven.

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    1. Thank you, Debi! So glad you came by! God bless you richly!

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  3. Good post. Really sound teaching with great insight for how we apply it to our lives.

    All too often we panic and forget that Jesus is right there in the boat with us.

    Linked here from Simply Helping Him. Blessings.

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    1. Thanks, Mel! You're so right, "All too often we panic and forget that Jesus is right there in the boat with us." How blessed we are to have His indwelling Holy Spirit with us 24-7. God bless you abundantly!

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  4. I'm a Warren Wiersby fan too.

    Love these three reasons, so today I want to remember His promises, His presence, His peace. Thanks, Brooke!

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    1. I love how you put it Lisa! "His promises, His presence, His peace." You summed it up perfectly! God bless you mightily!

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  5. Very relevant tips Brooke. It's what we choose to focus on in the storm that matters most.

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    1. Thanks, Wanda! Great observation! "It's what we choose to focus on in the storm that matters most." I agree. Am I focusing on the storm itself, or the presence and promises of God while I'm in the storm? One of my favorite posts by Michael Hyatt really helped me shift my focus during a trial, from fixing my mind on the problems within my trial to instead looking for the blessings within my trial. Here is the link to that post. I think you'd love it, too. http://michaelhyatt.com/a-question-that-changes-everything.html Like you said, what we choose to focus on makes all the difference. It absolutely does. God bless you abundantly!

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  6. What beautiful encouragement and wisdom!! Your blog reminds me of Psalm 16:8. I have set the Lord always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be SHAKEN. Love your blog!!! Visiting from DYW link up. SO glad I did!

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    1. Thank you so much, Chris, for you sweet words of encouragement! They made my day. I'm so glad you visited, too! I love that verse, you mentioned. It is such a wonderful affirmation! God bless you richly!

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  7. Brooke,

    I appreciate your words today. It's so easy to take our eyes off Christ when the waves are high and the winds threatening. Thank you for the reminder that I have many promises to claim, not the least of which is that God will never leave me or forsake me. I'm visiting from Hungry for God . . . Starving for Time and glad I did.

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    1. Thanks, Lori! You're right. It's so easy to get distracted by intimidating circumstances surrounding us and lose sight of Jesus' ever-presence and plentiful promises given to us. Glad you visited, too! God bless you immensely!

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  8. "He did not promise an easy trip, but He did promise a guaranteed arrival at their destination." - Love that line!

    I love Deut. 31:8 and the knowledge that God goes before us. Everything we endure has been filtered through His hands, and He never leaves us.

    Stopping by from TPT! Love your post :) (PS - I wish my 3 year old felt the same peace when I remind him that God is with him when he's afraid of monsters... he hasn't yet grasped that Jesus is a comfort yet ;))

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    1. Thanks, April! I love that God goes before us, too! I always love reading about the Lord leading the Isrealites in the wilderness by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. So encouraging! Now we have His indwelling Holy Spirit to lead and guide us wherever we are. I love it!

      Some things I believe have helped my little girl feel assured that God is with her and He will surely help her is:

      1. The song, "When I am afraid" (Psalm 56:3&6) from the CD Hide 'em in Your Heart by Steve Green (Vol. 1) Here's the link to hear a sample:
      http://www.amazon.com/When-Am-Afraid-Psalm-56/dp/B000THKAG8

      2. The song "My God is so Big" from the CD 100 Bible Songs & One Hundred Bible Stories by The Wonder Kids. Here's the link to hear a sample:
      http://www.amazon.com/My-God-Is-So-Big/dp/B0045PT44O/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1368830583&s=dmusic&sr=1-2

      3. The Book, "God Loves His Precious Children: Safe in the Arms of the Good Shepherd" by Elizabeth George Here's a link to read more about it:
      http://www.amazon.com/God-Loves-His-Precious-Children/dp/0736911375/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1368830821&sr=1-3&keywords=elizabeth+george+psalm+23

      I put these CD's on during playtime for my girl to hear as she plays. I like the kids book because I think it helps kids to visually see God's care for them. Hope these help!
      God bless you much!

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  9. Jesus' words are so sweet in these trying times. I like to remember that His admonition to us not to take care for our lives was spoken to Jews under Roman occupation...

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    1. I agree, Sherry! "Jesus' words are so sweet in these trying times." Great observation, too! His admonition to us not to take care for our lives was spoken to Jews under Roman occupation... I never thought of that before. God bless you abundantly!

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  10. How quickly we forget when God does something great for us - - and then today happens!

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    1. Yes, Hazel, I agree! "How quickly we forget when God does something great for us" That's why I love Psalm 103 and it's call to "forget not all His benefits." (Psalm 103:2) A great Psalm to memorize! http://brookeespinoza.blogspot.com/2012/06/psalm-103-summer-bible-memory-challenge.html God bless you immensely!

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  11. Hi Brooke,
    Visiting from Spiritual Sundays.
    I remind myself that God never leaves me...he goes before me and walks beside me, even through the valleys...especially in the valleys.
    Blessings,
    Laura

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    1. Great reminder, Laura! "I remind myself that God never leaves me...he goes before me and walks beside me, even through the valleys...especially in the valleys." I love it! God bless you richly!

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  12. Such good things to remember. Thank you for sharing.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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    1. Thanks, Charlotte! Glad you liked them! God bless you lots!

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    1. Thanks, Hazel! Glad you were encouraged. God bless you much!

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  14. Wow, how I needed to read this and remember. Thank you! (stopping over from Ann's)

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    1. Thank you, Genevive! I'm so glad you stopped by! God bless you richly!

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  15. So true! Thank you for sharing these encouraging reminders.

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    1. Thanks, Rose! Glad you were blessed. God bless you abundantly!

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Thank you for taking the time to share. May God bless you richly!