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If you have been reading the last several days of these devotions, you will recognize the theme of staying calm. Have no fear over bad news. Come before God with confidence and rejoice in the Lord. Being calm intertwines all of these devotions. As believers, we cannot afford to be in a state of panic. Whatever comes our way; we must remain calm and trust in the Lord. Far too often, we panic during troublesome times, losing sight of ourselves and sometimes acting ungodly. However, this devotion reminds us to remain calm. Nothing catches our Lord by surprise and there is nothing He can’t handle. So, all we need to do is to be patient. Don’t fly off the handle; just stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. The scripture reference is in Mark 4:39.

“When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Silence! Be still!’ Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm.”

In this familiar story, Jesus was in a boat with His disciples. Suddenly a storm arose and the disciples who had been with Jesus became terrified. They even asked the Master “Do you not care if we perish?” Jesus spoke to the wind and the Word says that the wind stopped blowing. There was a great calm. Peace be still. Those words need to be ushered into our lives. Instead of us rushing to communicate our panic to Him, we should allow Him to speak to us and remind us just to be calm. I have said on more than one occasion that prayer is communication with God. Sometimes we do all the talking and never allow ourselves to hear back from God. He is speaking to us this morning, simply telling us to be calm and not to lose heart for everything is going to be all right. That is a Word we all need to hear. I end this devotion with these simple words, “Be calm.”