The best way to stay calm is to find out what God has said and believe it. This is what helped Jesus. Few days before he died on the cross the Pharisees tried to intimidate Him. Their plan was to cause Jesus to panic, run away and leave His business undone.
The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him, Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee. And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox (Herod), Behold, I drive out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected. Nevertheless I must walk to day, and to morrow, and the day following: for it cannot be the case that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem. Luke 13:31-33
Jesus knew His father’s will for Him very well. He knew His destiny. Anything contrary to what he knew about God’s plan for Him simply didn’t seem to bother Him. He knew when and how He would die. He knew He would die on the cross in Jerusalem and not by drowning in the Sea of Galilee. He knew He had some worthy project to accomplish; He had more people to serve.
The main reason why we become nervous when we are in crisis is because we do not even know God’s timetable for us. One thing, which steers my faith when I am at risk, is the knowledge that no one can kill me prematurely. God will never allow anything to ruin His plan for mankind. If we know what God said we must complete we should play down any possibility of dying prematurely.
When God speaks he overlooks the problem brings our future closer to our present. The best approach to concur our present fear is by having confidence in what God says about our bright future.
Paul and his fellow prisoners were taken in the storm. They were facing death and everybody else except Paul seemed to be hopeless. Since he was the calmest person on board Paul was the right person to calm others. But what made Paul display that kind of calmness? The answer is that he heard God telling him about his future.
But now, I say to you, be of good heart, for there will be no loss of life, but only of the ship. For this night there came to my side an angel of the God who is my Master and whose servant I am, Saying, Have no fear, Paul, for you will come before Caesar, and God has given to you all those who are sailing with you. And so, O men, be of good heart, for I have faith in God that it will be as he said to me. (Acts 27:22-25 BBE)
I believe that we have a lesson to learn from Paul. Paul had faith in God- not just in His word. Paul understood that we cannot believe what God says if we do not believe in God in the first place. He knew God couldn’t lie. Therefore what ever He says, no matter how impossible it might seem to be, must come to pass. If we know that God cannot lie then no matter what happens His word will surely come to pass. Our God is reliable and true. He said in Mt 5:18
For verily, I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one title shall in no wise pass from the law, till all is fulfilled.
Do you have a word from God today? Cling tight to it and you will be fine.