Be Still

“He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!’ Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, ‘Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?’” – Mark 4:39-40 (NRSV)

Jesus brings peace. His disciples had fear and angst, yet with a simple spoken word Jesus brought order to their chaos. How encouraging is that to you today? Who of us does not live a single day of life without some issue weighing on our soul? Who doesn’t have a fear, or some level of angst, about a particular circumstance in life? I know that, if not careful, I can become quite absorbed in the concerns of day to day life, to the point of downright despair. But the words of Jesus comfort my soul and give me hope.

“Peace. Be still.” And there was a dead calm.

What issue has you concerned today? Are you dealing with a financial burden? Do you have a relationship problem? Are you dealing with some form of emotional toil? Let me take it even deeper: Do you have sin in your life? Jesus can help with that too. After all, his words calm the fiercest storm that nature has to offer. His feet tread upon the raging waters. If he has such command over nature around us, can he not take control of your nature as well? If you don’t think so, consider his rebuke: Have you still no faith? The answer, if we live in sin, or fear, or angst, has to be, “No.”

Therefore I offer you this simple solution: Trust in Jesus. If you know him, great. Walk in the light that has been given you. If you do not know him, let him meet you. The story in Mark says that Jesus rode in their boat “as he was” (v. 36). There is no pretense with Jesus. He is who he is, and he wants you to know him and be known by him. Let him ride along in the boat of your life; let him bring peace to your storms.

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