The Gospel reading set for today, Tuesday 28th June 2016, in the Church of England lectionary is Matthew 8:23-27.
‘23 And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25 And they went and woke him, saying, "Save us, Lord; we are perishing." 26 And he said to them, "Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?" Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 And the men marveled, saying, "What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”’
I can't help but feel this is relevant to the climate we find ourselves in today as the financial markets are in turmoil and the political parties are seemingly in meltdown.
I believe the Lord is calling us to speak out in the spirit and ‘rebuke[d] the winds and the sea,’ for this is what brought great calm to the storm that Jesus awoke in. Bill Johnson says, ‘you have no authority over a storm you cannot sleep through. In other words, you need peace in the middle of the storm to have authority over it. We might find that difficult in the midst of what is going on. But peace is not the absence of fear. It is the presence of Jesus; it is the presence of the Holy Spirit. As we find ourselves contemplating what is going on around us, let us call upon the source of peace. Let us seek His presence through the storm. As we do this, peace will come upon us, we will be elevated to a place with authority, and we will be able to rebuke the storm of chaos we see around us.
Let’s adopt this approach as we think about all that is going on in the political and financial climate right now. Let’s be those that calm the storm by seeking His presence, by experiencing His peace and by rebuking the volatility of the current climate in the UK, across Europe, and the wider world.