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“PEACE, BE STILL!”

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“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.” -  Mark  4:39

when the Lord gives you a command, and you move in obedience to His word, it is natural to expect that you will always have a smooth sail. But that is hardly the case. God expects you to fight your way through. And we learn that so clearly from this incident involving Jesus Christ and His disciples. The Master had just dispersed the multitude after a teaching session and must have wanted his disciples to have some rest. Where else would they get the much deserved rest if not the other side of the sea? Then the twelve moved in obedience to Jesus and entered the boat.
Come to think of it, they had a right to expect a storm-free sail to the other side since they were going in obedience to the Master’s command. What was more: they had the Lord Himself in the boat. They must have been confident that nothing could obstruct their journey. But they were wrong!
The Bible says, “…a great windstorm arose and the waves beat into the boat…” (v.37). That was enough to dissolve the disciples’ faith. To make matters worse, Jesus was not in front of the boat. He was at the hind part. And if He was groaning in deep intercession, that would have allayed their fears. But He was not. Instead, He was sleeping!

Do you know it is at that point the natural man gives up on the Lord? He is less offended if he is certain that the person who gave him this assignment that has landed him in trouble is helpless over the situation. But here was Jesus who had demonstrated His power over demons and sicknesses! The disciples knew He could help if He wanted to. The question: “… do you not care that we are perishing?” (v.38) was some sort of indictment. Is it not amazing how we fly into a rage against God any time we want a quick fix and the Lord does not show up immediately?
The truth is, Jesus was expecting the disciples to do something. After all, they had been with Him for some time and there had been some impartation. If the disciples had given a command to the wind, it would have obeyed them. But instead of passing the buck, Jesus rebuked the wind and spoke to the sea. They obeyed Him, and there was a great calm.

Now, are you experiencing a storm in any aspect of your life? Maybe you are even feeling
that the Lord does not care. But He would want you to understand that so long as He is in your
boat no storm can overcome you. Since God has given us authority over life’s circumstances, I challenge you to exercise that authority. Begin to speak peace to that turbulent situation. And as Jesus said to the raging sea, I join my faith with yours and I say to that storm in your life: “Peace, be still.” I assure you there will be a great calm, in Jesus’ name.

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