Advent 2015 – Day 13 – Peace in the Storm

advent2a“He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Peace!  Be still!’  Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.”  Mark 4:39

My pastor says that you are either going into a storm, in the midst of a storm or just coming out of a storm.  It is one of the constants of living in this fallen world.  Difficult times will come.  Sometimes the best we can hope for is to go through them with someone who cares and can help.

The disciples faced “a furious squall” as they fought through that long stormy night on the Sea of Galilee.  They worked to keep the boat upright and frantically bailed the overflowing water.  While they struggled, they no doubt cast furtive glances at the end of the boat where Jesus slept.  “Is he going to sleep through this whole thing?”  “Why is he leaving us to fight the storm by ourselves?”  Finally, when they had no strength left to battle the wind and the waves, they woke Jesus up and cried, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown” (v. 38)?

You’ve asked those same questions, haven’t you?  “God, are you going to sleep through this storm?”  “Are you even paying attention?” “Don’t you care if I drown?”  Jesus knew the situation on the lake that night.  He knows your situation too.  Though He may seem uninterested, He has his eye fixed on you.  He will not let the wind and the waves drown you.  He knows the exact moment to speak peace into your storm.

We are wise to remember that sometimes the Lord speaks peace to the storm, and sometimes, though the storm rages on, He speaks peace to His child.

Jesus’ command was only three little words: “Peace!  Be still!”  His words are almost identical to the words of Psalm 46:10.  Jesus spoke them to the wind and waves.  God is speaking them to your heart today.  “Peace.  Be still . . . and know that I am God.”

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