This post practically wrote itself. Well, actually, it was my response to a sweet friend’s response to this graphic I made last year and shared on Facebook as a memory…
My friend asked me to “unpack it” for her. Thank you, Mary!
Sooo…this was my attempt at unpacking it…
You know I’m no scholar and always hope someone will correct me if I’m wrong in some area. But this is how I see it…
The surrounding text of what F. B. Meyer wrote is this:
“Above the voices of many waters, the mighty breakers of the sea, the Lord sits as king upon the flood; yea, the Lord sitteth as king forever. A storm is only as the outskirts of His robe, the symptom of His advent, the environment of His presence. His way lies through, as well as in the sea, His path amid mighty waters, and His footsteps are veiled from human reason.”
A storm is the outer edge of God’s robe of righteousness, His power, the indication of His coming, the atmosphere of His presence.
In Job 26 the heading in some Bibles says Man’s Frailty and God’s Majesty, Job is responding to Bildad, mentioning all that God has made, and says, “Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways…These are just the beginning of all that he does, merely a whisper of his power. Who, then, can comprehend the thunder of his power?” (Job 26:14a ESV, Job 26:14 NLT)
Yes, it refers to physical storms, but is it totally about physical storms? Psalm 97 says, “Clouds and darkness surround Him.” (Ps. 97:2a NKJV) The writer of Psalm 104 says in verse 3 that God is the one “Who makes the clouds His chariot.” (Ps. 104:3 NKJV)
When dark clouds appear, God’s thunderous power announces His presence.
And so He did when He manifested Himself to Moses on the mount, as Psalm 18:9 tells us, “He bowed the heavens also, and came down with darkness under His feet.” (NKJV) Verse 11 says, “He made darkness His secret place; His canopy around Him was dark waters and thick clouds of the skies…He shrouded himself in darkness, veiling his approach with dark rain clouds.” (NKJV/NLT)
We sometimes forget that, when we call upon the Lord, His presence stirs up the atmosphere, bumping into the enemy’s territory and causing a disruption. But His presence is in the midst of those storm clouds. His peace is in the eye of the storm.
Do we put our trust in God when a storm rolls in? Yes, most of the time, we do; however, sometimes, we seem to forget that quote and that the storm is the outer swirling of His advent, of His coming, as the outskirts of His presence.
We all go through the midst of storms at one time or another. All swirls about us, but we can be at peace and at ease only in the eye of the storm. Jesus is our eye. Our center of peace. If we do not continually cling to Him, if we loosen our grip, we will be flung to the outer periphery of the storm.
Just as Jesus was with the disciples in the storm, when He “rebuked the wind and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!’ And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm,” (Mark 4:39 ESV) so He is with us.
The Lord is the King over our storms! When those black chariot clouds roll in, His presence will bring the calm in the midst of the chaos. David said, “Let the godly rejoice. Let them be glad in God’s presence.” (Ps. 68:3a NLT)
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