Eye of the Storm
Hey everyone, today I have to pleasure of talking about some of the best music in the world! Contemporary Christian Music or CCM is praise and worship with contemporary music. I love so many songs it is literally impossible to pick one! I did a lot of thinking and today I will be doing my devotion on one of my current favourite CCM songs, “Eye of the Storm” by Ryan Stevenson
Eye of the Storm- Ryan Stevenson
‘When the solid ground is falling out from underneath my feet, Between the black skies, and my red eyes, I can barely see, When I realise I’ve been sold out by my friends and my family, I can feel the rain reminding me…’ Life is by no means easy and some people struggle and lose hope. It breaks my heart seeing people with no hope and no purpose because I know the Love of Jesus, and I know He loves them to. Ryan sings about the hard times in life where everything seems to be going wrong. These hard times are not fun and we can’t help feel maybe angry or sad. We can feel sold out even by the ones we love the most and this is hard but when we are in these times we need to put our trust in God. Cue one of my favourite verses…
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
We won’t understand everything but we do need to acknowledge that God is far above us and that He holds all of creation in His hand. Surely if we put our trust in God we will pass the hard times with our head held high. God needs to have control over our lives for us to live the best lives possible. All we need is to trust in Him with our everything.
‘…In the eye of the storm, You remain in control, In the middle of the war, You guard my soul, You alone are the anchor, when my sails are torn, Your love surrounds me, In the eye of the storm…’
God is in control over everything. In the middle of the biggest storm or right out in the battle field. He is our anchor that we should always hold onto. People often say, “How could a loving God let me suffer?” It is a very hard question but we need to have faith and put our trust in God.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
God has some great plans for your life and my life. We need to trust that His ways are good and just, not relying on our judgement because that’s how we end up in the pain and suffering that we are all familiar with. ‘…When my hopes and dreams are far from me, And I’m runnin’ out of faith, I see the future I picture slowly fade away, And when the tears of pain and heartache, Are pouring down my face, I find my peace in Jesus’ name…’ When we feel crushed by heartache and we can’t see our future anymore we need to acknowledge that God has something better in mind for us. Jeremiah 29:11! Just remember to run to Jesus in the hard times to find hope and peace.
I wasn’t sure which song to pick for today but after yesterday’s horrific day, “Eye of the Storm” just sung to me. CCM is so beautiful because each song is a devotion in itself and they can teach us so much. In hard times there are songs for us and in the great times there are songs for us. Some of you would have heard out the accident at Dream World on the Gold Coast yesterday. When I was listening to “Eye of the Storm” it moved my spirit, mainly this verse…
‘…When they let me go and I just don’t know how I’m gonna make ends meet, I did my best, now I’m scared to death that we might lose everything, when a sickness takes my child away and there’s nothing I can do, MY ONLY HOPE IS TO TRUST YOU…’ It is such a beautiful song that moves me every time. We will sometimes lose everything and we will blame God and say, “Why didn’t you do anything?!” But His plans are greater than anything we could dream of, we just need to trust Him!
Romans 8:28- And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Psalm 34:17- When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.
Psalms 42:5- Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation.
Jesus is always there even when things are going wrong. We often forget to find our strength in Jesus and we walk away annoyed that things didn’t work out. That’s why CCM is so good, we look back to Jesus. I want to encourage everyone who is in a time of trial such as exams, stress at work, sickness or anything else to pray and listen to this song. I would also encourage you to all read Job as he was such an upright man and put all his trust in Jesus.
This is why I love music, I only listen to Christian music if you are wondering. The songs can empower you to trust in Jesus and sometimes you realise that you were doing it all wrong. Jesus is the only why and we need to always trust in Him! Proverbs 3:5-6 and Jeremiah 29:11 are super encouraging in times of trial and I use them as my anthem and war cry for everyday of my life.
God I pray for peace and strength to fill anyone in a time of trial. Help us to trust in you. Your ways are always higher, your plans are always greater. I lift my life up to you again and I repent and ask for your love to fill me again. Thank you for your grace.
In Jesus name, Amen.
God Bless you all.
The Faith Filled Friends