Mark 4:39 -Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.
Jesus and His disciples had a very busy and full day. Jesus used a boat as His floating pulpit to teach the mass crowd of people that was gathered at the sea shore to hear Him that day.
Evening was setting in and it was getting dark, therefore it was time for them to leave and Jesus told His disciples, "let's go to the other side of the lake."
Having left the crowd behind and making their way across the lake, Jesus and His disciples encountered a storm.
Storms was not unusual on this lake for they could pop up at any time. As a matter of fact, the disciples were used to the storms for some of them were professional "fishermen'.
This particular night was no different for the storm on the sea of Galilee suddenly and unexpectedly appeared out of no where. The storm was very fierce and had caused a great gale to arose and the waves to beat against the boat to the point where water was now filling the boat.
What happened with Jesus and His disciples in this boat is what often happens to us on our christian journey. As we set sail to do the Lord's work, we too encounter high winds and heaven rain (test and trials, opposition, persecution, etc) that sometimes causes us to feel as if we are drowning too. It appears that if it ain't one thing it is another.
Believe it or not, but sometimes God sends storms and He allows them for a purpose greater than we can see. Remember Job? God allowed it.
As a matter of fact, it was God who gave satan permission to attack Job. God already knew the outcome of Job's faith and the limit of satan's power, therefore he allowed satan's attack upon Job's life.
Job's did not waiver in his faith for he said "though he slay me, yet will I trust Him."
As with the disciples, our storms are not sent to destroy us, but to strengthen us and grow our faith.
While the storm continued to rage, Jesus peacefully slept in the back of the boat. Being fearful of death by drowning, the disciples awaken Jesus and asked Him "Teacher, do you not care that we are drowning"?
Isn't that like us when trouble comes? Allowing stress, anxiety or even fear to make us believe that God does not care about what we are going thru when he has already declares to us in His word in Isaiah 43:1-3 Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine. 2 When you pass through waters, I will be with you. And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame kindle on you. 3 For I am the Lord your God,
Just like the disciples, when Jesus comes to our rescue, He speaks to the storms in our life with these powerful and profound words "peace be still". Say this to yourself a couple of times "peace be still Debra", peace be still (your name), for the Lord your God is with you and He will fight our raging seas. He will not let you drown!
God's timing is always perfect when He shows up on our behalf. Not on our time, but in His time. When He shows up, even our enemies will know that it was the Lord who came to rescue us.
Whaterver your storm may be on today, whatever raging sea you may find yourself trying to row through, Jesus says to it "peace be still"!
Saints, we are on this voyage together, therefore, let us pray for one another and with one another for indeed the seas of life are raging. But, in the midst of them, God wants to remind us that He can give us peace, therefore, "peace be still" in your life and in mine for God has spoken it.
We have testimonies throughout the bible about God's power to calm stormy seas.
Let us grab a hold of our faith on today and trust and not doubt God for He is well able to defeat our enemies. Regardless of what we see, we must believe that.
After having spoken to the storm and telling it "peace be still", the disciples were amazed to the point of asking "what manner of Man is this?"
The disciples learned that day that Jesus is in control of everything for even the storm, winds, waves and winds obeyed His spoken word.
I do not know what your storm may be on today, but I am sure we all are either experiencing one, coming out of one or about to enter into one.
Regardless of where you may find yourself in the storm, God is able to heal, comfort and set free.
I am a witness that over and over again, God will speak peace to our storms if we trust Him and for that I do tell Him "THANK YOU" for being my protector even when my faith at times waiver in the storm.
Jesus spoke to the disciples stormy sea and He is speaking to our storm on today, those same words "PEACE BE STILL".
God bless you all.