Thursday, February 23, 2012

Peace, Be Still

“Lord, don’t You care?” The disciples woke Jesus up. A storm had engulfed them on the Sea of Galilee. Waves beat hard on them, filling the boat. They were going to sink. “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” (Mark 4:38 NKJV). In the midst of the raging storm, the disciples were afraid they were going to die, and there Jesus was, sleeping. He got up and commanded the wind, “’Peace, be still!’” (Mark 4:39 NKJV). The wind ceased. Jesus turned to the disciples, and asked them, “’Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?’” (Mark 4:40 NKJV). Faith in Jesus would have given them security in the storm.

Jesus is always with us in our storms, and He cares about what we’re going through. The issue for us is trust. The disciples had reason to trust Him. They had seen Jesus cast out demons, heal sicknesses, and preach life-changing truth to multitudes of people. He had just finished preaching about faith and having a heart that is good ground for the “seed” of the word to take root in (Mark 4:20). In the storm, the disciples had a chance to exercise faith in Jesus—in His presence with them and in His power. But they were afraid. They had enough sense to wake Jesus up, but the storm held them captive in fear.

Unlike Jesus, it can be hard for us today to sleep through a storm. Even when the wind and the trees outside our homes are still and calm, in our hearts we can feel like we’re caught in a raging storm with no relief. But there’s Someone with us, Someone whose power not only controls the storms of nature but the storms of anxiety, fear, and circumstances. When we turn to the Lord and exercise faith in Him, our hearts can rest in His peace. He’ll help us to know what to do, what direction to take, or how to make things better. He’ll calm the storm in our hearts, whether or not He calms the storm in our circumstances. Whatever reason He allows the storms to come, we can trust His heart that He knows how much we can bear (1 Corinthians 10:13) and He has great good planned for us (Romans 8:28).

If you need a little peace, remember Who’s in the boat with you. Take rest in His word, seeking His face and believing His promises. He never leaves us (Hebrews 13:5). He is more powerful than any storm we face, and He gives us the power to handle all challenges and trials (Psalm 147:5; Psalm 68:35; Isaiah 40:29; Philippians 4:13). May His strength and His words calm your heart in the storms. In your darkest nights, may you hear Him say: “Peace, be still!”

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