Do you know that it’s not about what happens to you but how you react to what happens to you that makes the difference? This is the key to emotional stability.
In one stormy situation… JESUS WAS SLEEPING. The disciples went and woke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so AFRAID?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely CALM (Matthew 8:24-26 NIV)
In another stormy situation… Jesus went out to them, WALKING ON THE LAKE. When the disciples saw Him walking on the lake, they were TERRIFIED. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in FEAR. But Jesus immediately said to them: “TAKE COURAGE! It is I. DON’T BE AFRAID.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was AFRAID and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you DOUBT?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down (Matthew 14:25-32 NIV).
Peter was fine until he focused on what was going on around him but in both cases Jesus was unaffected by the storm because whether it’s in the boat or out of the boat, the storm would always come. In fact, wherever Jesus is, expect that there would be a storm. But please know that it’s never about the storm. Jesus was either sleeping during the storm or walking steadily on the storm. It’s about maintaining your peace. Once you can conquer that fear and are not easily moved, you have mastered emotional stability which is highly needed. Jesus was frank. He told His disciples… “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have PEACE. In this world you will have trouble. BUT TAKE HEART! I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD.”(John 16:33 NIV)
Notice the emotions associated with the disciples… AFRAID… TERRIFIED… FEAR… DOUBT… But Jesus says… BE CALM… TAKE COURAGE… DON’T BE AFRAID… TAKE HEART! I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD. You’ve got to believe this and trust Him. Don’t DOUBT… Have faith… be full of PEACE… PEACE I leave with you; My PEACE I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be TROUBLED and do not be AFRAID (John 14:27 NIV).
How does the world give PEACE… if I’m settled in that job… in that marriage… if things go my way, then I would be at PEACE but Jesus is saying you can still have PEACE even when things are not going well. Receiving that PEACE is what you need to work on because He has given it to you… Why not receive it today?