Friday, October 8, 2010

Peace, be still

Mk 4:37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
:38 And He was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake Him, and say unto Him, Master, carest not Thou that we perish?
:39 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.
:40 And He said unto them, why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?
:41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, what manner of man is this that even the wind and the sea obey Him?

Ok, let's look at a few things.

First off, why were they surprised the wind and sea obeyed Him? If they didn't think they would, why wake Him? What good did they think waking Him would do?

Why was Jesus able to sleep through all the tossing of the boat? Because He totally trusted God to get the boat across to the other side. He knew His Father was in control.

The secret to being calm in the midst of storms is not to change the circumstances that are out of your control, but to change you. Christ in you will get you through.

We live in south Louisiana. We have a boat and fish quite a bit. There have been times that we have ventured out into the bay and it has been smooth as glass. Then all of a sudden things will pick up and you may be looking straight down into the water coming off the top of a wave. Yes it has happened and it is SCARY. I can understand why they were afraid. But they had Jesus with them. Obviously they thought He could do something about it or they wouldn't have woken Him up.

What do you (and I) need to totally trust God with today, and tomorrow, etc?

When Jesus rebuked them he said they had no faith. Prayerfully He won't say that about us.

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