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May 17 – Peace, Be Still

“And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke Him and said to Him, ‘Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?’  And He awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!’ And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, ‘Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?’  And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, ‘Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?'”  Mark 4:37-41

Devotional Thought For The Day

We have troubles too, storms in our lives, places where it appears that the water is breaking into the boat.  We know what that means, especially if we can’t bail the water out faster than it is coming in. We can also get quite tired with all of the bailing, and fearful of what will happen when we become too exhausted and have to take a break.  We suspect that if the boat sinks all will be lost; there will be no hope left.  We can see new storms on the horizon, and wonder what will happen if worse storms come our way. All of this worry and fear, some based in what is present and real, other based in what “could” happen, can overwhelm us and put us into despair.

The disciples were realists – they understood that they had no power over wind or wave; they were at the mercy of nature. I’m certain that they had already exercised the full measure of that innate human characteristic of self-determination. Who wouldn’t have under their circumstances?  They did right in coming to Jesus and “burdening” Him with their problems and concerns.  When all else fails, ask God. However, as is typical of human beings, their view of Jesus and His power was far too small.  Apparently they only hoped that He could help with the sails, the rowing, or perhaps a strategy to get away from the worst of the storm.  Perhaps they only awakened Him so that He would be prepared for a swim, and probably a futile one at that.

They were surprised, shocked and in awe, when He simply shut down the storm with a word, His command. In fact, they were filled with great fear to be in His presence, and we should have greater respect and fear of God than we have for nature or anything else in life. For Him to be sitting calmly in their boat was a bit disconcerting, to say the least. It took a while for them to get it, that God is love, and His awesome power, while fearful and awe-inspiring, is utilized for our great good and blessedness.  He rebuked the storm, but to His disciples He only said, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?”

I doubt that the resolutions to any of our troubles are more complex or difficult than causing an immediate cessation of a violent wind and the churning waves in a large body of water.  We too need to be aware of the Lord Christ’s presence in our lives – He has promised to be with us always.  We also need to be aware of His awesome and incredible power over all things. We should remember His love, and that His power is always working for our good.  So His Word to us, regardless of the nature of our storms or of fearful things looming in the future, is a kindly encouragement to greater faith and trust in Him. He also orders our hearts:  “Peace!  Be still!”  In view of all of this, the question is quite pertinent: “Why are you so afraid?”

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus, like the disciples we forget Who You are, Your power and might over all things, and also the greatness of Your love for us.  We are often gripped by fear and worry over our many pressing concerns.  Help us to grow in faith and to overcome our fearfulness. Restore peace and calm to our hearts by Your powerful Word.  Amen.