The Peace of the Saviour (Mark 4:38-41)
Jesus knew there was a storm coming. The wind obeys Him, but His children do not. This same Jesus is willing to come on board our little vessels too. But we must receive Him as He is. He is not going to change, but He will change us. We all need Jesus in our lives because we never know in what moment we are going to find ourselves in the midst of a storm.
Jesus was Sleeping (4:38). Here was God, the master of this universe, asleep in a little boat. Notice: This is the only occasion when we read of Jesus sleeping. The whole scene underlines His humanity. Suddenly, the storm was upon them because Satan had seen his opportunity. The Lord was asleep! He was vulnerable! All Satan had to do was sink that boat! The wind howled, the waves arose, and the boat was tempest tossed. Then the disciples thought of Jesus.
Jesus is greater than either Satan or the storm. So He slept. And He arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. (4:39) Note the difference between what He said to the wind and what He said to the sea. He rebuked the wind because the wind was what stirred up the waves, but He spoke “peace” to the waves. He knew them all. He created them. One word from Him and they would do His will.
Jesus was Sufficient. (4:39). “And he arose”. When the storm rose up (4:37), Jesus rose up. When a problem rises up in your life Jesus will rise up. Safety is not the absence of the storm; it is the presence of Jesus. Have you ever had that experience? You were going under and here comes Jesus. I would rather be in a storm with Jesus than in calm anywhere else. Even when the world is crashing around us, we can have peace knowing that God is in control. He knows what we are going through and will be there with us through the midst of it all. Regardless of what we are facing, He has promised never to leave us or forsake us. His presence can give us hope, and we need to remember that whatever we face He has allowed it in our lives.
He has the power to calm the storm we are going through (Psalm 107:29). When we must face the trial, He provides rest in the shadow of His wings until our calamities are passed (Psalm 57:1). Don't be afraid when the winds howl and the storm beats on around you. God is your shelter in the time of storm.
His words: “Peace, be still.” The winds fell as if power was turned off and the blades ceased to spin. As a result, the sea turned into a mirror of glass. The disciples looked at Jesus and said, “What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” (4:41).
PRAYER: Lord, thank You for being ever present and for the peace You give in the midst of life’s turbulent tempests. In Jesus name, AMEN!
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