Peace, is something we all want but can’t find. You can’t buy it. You can’t sell it. You can’t acquire it without Jesus. Troubled waters can stir a troubled spirit. That was the case for the disciples as they struggled to survive in the midst of a raging storm. Where was Jesus? He was sleeping peacefully in the boat. So many times, as Christians, we too, like the disciples struggle and strive through out this life and all the time Jesus was with us all along.
They asked him, “Master carest thou not that we perish?” Jesus response was, “And He arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, ‘Peace be still.'” (Mark 4:39). Jesus should have been their confidence and trust. Regardless of the storm around them the disciples forgot the Master of the sea who was with them. Jesus was not worried. He was asleep on a pillow in the stern of the boat. After arising to rebuke the wind and calm the sea, Jesus then turns to his disciples, “And He said unto them, ‘Why are you so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?'” (Mark 4:39)
Fear grips us like Peter. As he was walking on the water to Jesus he took His eyes off his Lord and started to sink. When we take our eyes off the Lord, we too begin to sink in fear when we become overwhelmed by the circumstance of our lives. Notice Peter’s problem. He took His eyes off Jesus. Pride tells us to take care of our problems ourselves. The world says, “It’s up to you to make it in this life.” God tells us, that He directs our steps. He is the one in control of our future. He determines how big and when the storms in our lives will be. We must keep our eyes on Him. And we can have this confidence knowing when we turn to Him and cry out, “Lord I can’t handle this anymore.” He will turn and say, “Peace be still.” Sometimes in His sovereignty He calms our storm and always when We turn to Him He will calm His child.
When life overwhelms you and the seas of circumstances overtake you, cry out to your master. You dear Christian can have this assurance, like the disciples in the boat with Jesus, He is with you too. Don’t look at the fierceness of the waves look into the eyes of your Savior and hear him say, “Peace be still.” Charles Spurgeon said, “The fear of God is the death of all other fears, like a mighty lion it chases all other fears away.” Scripture tells us “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.” He is the only one we should fear and be in awe of His majestic power. He has the power over the wind and sea and He has the power to give you peace in the middle of your raging storm. Turn to Him. Look to Him. Call on Him. He is there.
And like Peter, you can cry out to your Savior and He will reach down and grab you out of the drowning fears that you face. His arm is strong enough and His love is great enough. He cares for you. Listen to the master say, “Peace be still” in your storm today. Remember in the midst of your storm He is there.
“A Wretch Like Me” – David D. Hanson