“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. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” Mark 4:39 (ERV )
After ministering to the multitudes, Jesus told his disciples to get into the boat in order to get to the other side. Immediately upon entering the boat, Jesus goes to sleep and a storm arises. The wind and the waves begin to beat upon the ship. Of course this does not startle Jesus, but the disciples begin to panic.
As I look back over these verses, I can’t help but think that the Lord will often allow us to go through challenging situations just to show us what is on the inside of us. Sure, we may be walking with Him daily, reading our Bibles, fasting, and praying, but what is our response in the midst of the storm? Are we calm and confident of the Lord’s protection or are we frightened and unsettled like the disciples? When Jesus arose He spoke peace to the storm. He also rebuked his followers for being fearful and having no faith.
How is it that we have no faith when the Lord is present in our situation? That is a question that we must answer for ourselves. Through experience I have learned that the Lord will never leave us or forsake us. The problem arises because we cannot see Him working. Think about it. Jesus was present but they did not see Him actively working in their situation. We must come to know that wherever Jesus is at rest, there will be peace. If He is not bothered by what is going on then we need to follow His lead. If He truly lives on the inside of you, you possess the same power; you too can speak peace to your storm.
I speak peace to the storms that are raging in your life today. Be at peace and trust His promises to you. God is not slack concerning His promises. Make it a point to rest in His love for you.
Father thank you for the covenant of peace you have given us. I pray that you will continue to surround us with your loving-kindness; may we drink in your goodness as you keep us in your arms of protection. In Jesus name Amen
By Mary Pinckney
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