Simple enough . . . if you don't know Jesus, you don't know peace. You may THINK you know peace, but until you've experienced the treacherous storms of life and found Jesus in them, you don't truly understand "peace." I used to think that peace was what you have BEFORE the storms of life hit . . . what God showed me was that TRUE peace is what you experience in the storm and after it's gone. And life's storms are God's opportunities to show us His Peace, True Peace. It's His opportunity to have Jesus show up, unexpectedly. It's His way of showing us Who is in control and where true peace can be found. Thomas Watson describes this best:
If God be our God, He will give us peace in trouble.
When there is a storm without, He will make peace within.
The world can create trouble in peace,
but God can create peace in trouble.
God uses the storms of life to strengthen our faith. He shows us the power of His peace IN the midst of the storm and increases our faith as we stand unscathed on the other side of it. Walking through the Red Sea should give you strength and peace for the journey, walking out of a fiery furnace would do the same, seeing Jesus walking on the water toward your capsizing boat would eliminate your doubts, and finding God's ever present and powerful hand upon you as you face your trials of life will carry you through the rest of it. He wants you to be assured that He is with you . . . and sometimes it is only by allowing the storm that He can do so. He uses the storms, the most trying times, to bring us to a place of declaring:
"The Lord is responsible for this and it is amazing to see."