In the midst of life’s raging trials, Almighty God quiets us by His love. Have you ever been quieted by God’s love–you know, like a father gently quiets his frightened child in a storm? God’s Word says, “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17) It’s an amazing experience to be quieted by God’s love! When you were a child, did you ever have your father hold you during a terrible storm until you relaxed, snuggled into his arms and fell into a peaceful slumber? This is a powerful image of how God’s love can “quiet” us. In God’s arms, we are often still aware of the storm exploding all around us—however, the touch of His presence eclipse’s the power of the storm. If we let Him, He will quiet us in ALL our storms! God’s presence is more powerful than our fear of the storm and the closer we are to Him, the more His peace becomes ours. So, how do we get to the place where we are consistently quieted by His love? Until we experience it, it’s difficult to even believe possible! We’re so independent. Furthermore, the evil in the world has made us cynical and distrusting of God. We must allow Him to be close enough to us so that He can wrap us in His arms! How does that happen? We must pursue both the knowledge of Him in His Word AND a close relationship with Him by getting rid of ANYTHING that separates us from Him. As we get closer to Him, we become wrapped into the peace of His presence. Then–we don’t want to be anywhere else. We fall in love with living our life with Him. We fall in love with Him! His strength, love and wisdom become ours and powerfully change our heart. He humbles us and teaches us how to love and live. He is our powerful, wise and loving Father! He quiets us in ALL our storms when we live in the circle of His loving arms!