Millions of lives have been touched in one way or another by powerful storms. From Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to the record-breaking rains in Wisconsin this year, these unsettling and unpredictable events can bring fear and anxiety.
But let His Word remind you that even when the storms come you can seek shelter and comfort in His promises. Here are 10 Bible verses you can return to again and again for comfort.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
— Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
— Isaiah 43:2 (NIV)
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 (NIV)
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
— Isaiah 26:3 (NIV)
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me or seen in me — put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
— Philippians 4:8-9 (NIV)
God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding. He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’ and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’ So that everyone he has made may know his work… He brings the clouds … to water his earth and show his love.
— Job 37:5-7, 13 (NIV)
“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)
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
— Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)
I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
— Psalm 34:4 (NIV)
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
— 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)
Make These Verses a Part of Your Emergency Kit
You’ve worked hard to think through your family’s every need in the event of an emergency. You’ve likely thought through how you’ll sleep and what you’ll eat. You’ve organized your emergency kit and first aid supplies, and know how to safeguard your home. You know how to protect the “physical.”
But the truth is that a dangerous storm can take just as great a toll on the spirit. Armed with these verses, you can help your family find comfort — even when the wind is whipping, the house is dark and you just aren’t sure what’s happening outside your home’s walls. They can help you remember that God is in control and wants you to seek refuge in Him. After all, there’s no weather too rough for the One who created it.
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