We can’t always control what happens in our lives or how the others around us act, but we can always choose how we let circumstances affect us and the Bible provides words of wisdom for bringing more calm into your life.
“Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But 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. The men were amazed and asked, ‘What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!'”
– Matthew 8:24-27
There are several takeaways from the above verses. First, that Jesus can calm a literal, as well as a metaphorical storm. Second, this occurs through faith. Third, we see that Jesus rebuked the storm. Through faith, we can rebuke the storm of sin and evil in our lives. Fourth, it reminds us that Jesus is always watching over us.
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”
– Psalm 32:8
“And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
– Matthew 21:22
We can’t accomplish calm and peace in our lives without a strong faith in Jesus and without following God’s commandments. What we ask for in prayer is conditional in that it must be in harmony with the laws and will of God.
We don’t always ask for everything that occurs in our lives. Difficult situations arise and we have to deal with them. Conversely, there are other moments in our lives that we are responsible for due to our own choices. However, we always have a choice in how to respond to things, as well as how to feel about them and how we allow them to affect us.
When we have to deal with difficult circumstances or people, we always have the choice whether or not to allow the situation to upset us – and to what degree. We can get sad, angry or remain calm.
When we allow what other people say or do to influence our feelings, emotions or behavior, we are allowing that person to control us.
“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
– 2 Timothy 1:7
When we have a relationship with God, we are filled with the Holy Spirit which strengthens us. The Spirit of God is a spirit of strength and of courage. It is one that allows us to take control of our lives, feelings and emotions. Faith gives us a calm in which we do not allow others to diminish our spirit. We have the love of God in us, and there’s nothing that anyone can say to take that away.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?”
– Romans 8:35
The answer to the above is nothing. Not when you have faith.
By remaining calm, you can resist attempts by others to make you feel less, whether it is less valuable, attractive, worthy or whatever it may be.
“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”