Mark 4:35-41 That same day, when the evening came, He said to them, “Let us go cross to the other side.” 36 When they had sent the crowd away, they took Him in the boat just as He was. There were also other little boats with Him. 37 A great wind storm arose, and the waves splashed into the boat, so that it was now filling the boat. 38 He was in the stern asleep on a pillow. They woke Him and said, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
39 He rose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!”Then the wind ceased and there was a great calm.
40 He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is that you have no faith?”
41 They feared greatly and said to one another, “What kind of Man is He, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?”
Do you need to hear "PEACE BE STILL TODAY?" I believe we all do. The world around us is like a stormy sea with raging winds and boisterous waters that can only be calmed by Jesus.
Sometimes we go to bed under the sunshine of life and then we find ourselves awaken to the darkness of the morning. What do we do and where do we turn to?
We as humans tend to and have made every attempt to calm every storm that comes our way and the wind dies down for a little while, the seas of our life again begins to rage and again and we find ourselves fearful and desperate for answers because we realize that we are unable to calm the storms in our lives ourselves.
Today, Jesus is wanting to hear from us. It is time to call on Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we could ask or think, for He alone has the power and authority to calm our storms.
Jesus and His disciples had set out on the sea of Galilee and a unexpected storm arose, causing the disciples to become afraid for their lives.
Jesus, during this bad storm on the sea of Galilee, was asleep at the bottom of the ship. The disciples, being afraid for their lives, seek Jesus to calm their fears and Jesus ended up doing both. He calmed their fears and He also calmed the raging sea with these spoken words, “PEACE BE STILL.”
We see from this text, that Jesus has power and authority ever over nature.
Did you, like the disciples, arise to an unexpected storm this morning? If you did, I urge you to cry out to Jesus for He promises to hear and answer your prayers. Trust Him for He alone can save us, He alone has the power and ability to deliver us, He alone has the fore knowledge of what we stand in need of on today and He alone can supply us with a portion of what we need on today to remain calm and stable in our hearts and minds.
In the storm that brought so much fear to His disciples, Jesus gave the storm orders to obey His voice and a great calm came upon the waters. The gusty wind and stormy waves were brought under subjection and authority to His spoken words.
This same Jesus is able and He has the power and ability to speak to our stormy situation too. He is able to calm our raging seas, He is able to tell our storms "PEACE BE STILL", in spite of how high the water may get, regardless of how raging the seas of our life may be at times and regardless of who fierce the winds may blow, Jesus can bring about "PEACE" in the midst of it all.
The storms that day on the sea of Galilee recognized Jesus' voice, the wind understood His power and the lake did too.
Our test and trials of life too will obey Jesus' voice and His authority if we do as the disciples did and call on the Lord. He will speak "PEACE" to the raging seas that have taken root in our hearts and minds that appears to blow without ceasing.
Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will protect your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
What storm is steering you in the face on today? If we could be honest, we all are either in one of these places. We are in a storm, about to enter one or coming out of one.
Storms are a constant in life. They cannot be avoided and they come to all of us without our permission.
The question for all of us on today is "what are we gonna do with our storms?" Are we gonna put forth every human effort and try to calm them ourselves or are we gonna fix our eyes on Jesus who is the "author and finisher" of our faith?
What are you gonna do? What decision have you made in the mist of your stormy sea? Keep roaring and fight againstthe storm in your own strength? Is that what you gonna do?
I have purposed in my heart that I am no longer going to fight life's battles alone. I am gonna get on my knees and call upon the name of the Lord for I know that no storm is too big for Him. No devil is hell is greater than our God for our God is God alone and besides Him there is no other.
As did the disciples, I need to hear Jesus say "PEACE BE STILL" to the storms in my life. I trust Him, I believe Him and will take Him at His Word and I will call upon Him for He is the only one who can calm the raging seas of life.
Even if Jesus does not calm our storms, He can calm us in it with a whisper, "PEACE BE STILL".
Matthew 28:18 Jesus came and told his disciples, "I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth.
What is the storm in your life that you need Jesus to speak to? Do you need to hear Him say “Peace. Be still”?
When fear and anxiety attempts to attach itself to us with racing thoughts and anxious feelings, we must go in prayer and to the word of God, knowing that God will meet us there and He will declare to our storm the same words He declared to the storm sea of Galilee that day.
"PEACE BE STILL"!
Every storm, every opposition imaginable can and must be brought under subjection to the power and authority of God's spoken Word. Use it people of God!!! God has written it for us to hide in our hearts and our minds. We can use it in and out of the storm of life.
In a storm? Call on Jesus and He will calm it and comfort you too with these same words that He spoke to His disciples on that storm sea of Galilee that day "PEACE BE STILL!"
The power of God was so amazing that day to the point of causing the disciples to marvel with these profound words "what manner of Man is this" that even the winds obey Him.
This marvelous testimony by the disciples can be ours on today. Yes, we too can take ownership of those words when we too learn to call on the name of Jesus in our storm seas of life.
Faith in Christ alone on stormy days is the call to all of us on today.