September 19 Peace Be Still

And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? 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. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? Mark 4 v 37- 39 [KJV]

The story of the Titanic is probably one of modern day stories that relate to the rage that the sea can unleash. One of the most challenging times for any sailor is not when the sea is calm but when there is a storm and high winds or when there is a threat of sinking from whatever reason. A storm at sea can destroy even a state of the art ship and bring it down to the peril of those in it. Jesus and the disciples came face to face with one such storm at sea. My spirit is drawn towards the words that Christ had said in verse thirty-five just before they started off on that trip. “And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.” LUKE 8:35. ‘Let us pass over unto the other side.’

The next thing we hear after those words is the arising of a great storm. There is a relationship between the words Christ spoke and the arising of the storm. That is evidenced by the experiences that we go through in life. Many times when the Lord gives you a Word, the devil tries his best to oppose it. Many have gone through moments when they knew that the Lord was calling them to expand their horizons but they faced great opposition after receiving the word. You need to constantly focus on that word until it is fulfilled in your life. That opposition does not mean the Lord has forsaken you.

He said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ Christ was in the ship, at peace and resting when there was chaos all around the boat. Why would He be so much at peace in the midst of the storm? He had released a Word and despite the opposition, that Word was going to be fulfilled, they were going over to the other side. Jesus rested in that Word. The disciples were panicking and they woke Jesus up, they lacked faith. They blamed Jesus for being at peace in the midst of the storm. When Jesus woke up, He spoke to the sea and there was immediately a calm that amazed everyone. Jesus did not say,

‘That was close!’ He asked, ‘Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?’ The disciples feared for their lives despite the fact that the author of life was with them! They feared the storm and the sea yet the Master of it all was with them. You might think that indeed the disciples had no faith since Christ was right there with them but this is the same thing with you today, Christ is right there with you in your heart but you demonstrate the same fear the disciples showed that day.

When you pass through the storms of life, put your faith in Christ. The word has been released concerning your destiny, come hail or thunder, nothing will stop its fulfillment. Life threatening situations will come but have faith in Him. I hear His voice in your situation saying, ‘HUSH…Peace be still!’ He is watching over that word to perform it.

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