"Peace, Be Still!"

In Mark 4:39, the apostle records, "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."

The disciples of Jesus found themselves out in the boat, on the Sea of Galilee, during a terrible storm with the Master fast asleep. The waves were breaking over the boat and they were afraid that the boat would sink. Somebody woke Jesus and said to him, "Teacher, don't you care if we drown?" Do you ever feel the Lord is sleeping through your storm and doesn't care that you're drowning in your problems, suffering, pain or sorrow? Have you been on your knees in prayer for a loved one that was ill, or some other catastrophe that had fallen on you or your family? Does it seem that though you keep asking, answers do not seem to be forthcoming? These are the times when our faith is tested. These are the times when we need to be patient and wait for God.

Jesus not only got up and rebuked the storm, he rebuked their fear and lack of faith. We need to realize that the Lord never sleeps, and he never lacks concern for us. "My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip - he who watches over you will not slumber" (Psalm 121:2 - 3).

It is fear that causes us to doubt, and it is doubt that causes us to not sense God's presence even in the storm. Remember:

The winds and the waves shall obey thy will.
Peace be still! Peace be still!
Whether the wrath of the storm tossed sea or
demons or men or whatever it be,
No water can swallow the ship where lies,
The Master of ocean and earth and skies.
-Mary A. Baker-



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