Week 6 Day 7
Mark 4:39 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.
As a serving pastor I had the great need to utter these words to many grieving hurting and confused people who were desperately seeking answers to the question; “Why?” Storms of confusion, worry, fear seem to be gripping many people these days. Notice that Jesus did not say and never said we would be delivered from every trouble that came our way. Jesus was and is in the hear healing, mind transforming, and direction business in order that we may draw closer to Him. John 16:33 famously says; “In this world you will have tribulation…”. Note that it is not a might, but an positive declaration. Jesus knows the way of the world and of the “prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2 [NKJV]). He is not surprised nor undone by the evil that man does under the influence of the sin that is in them and the encouragement of the evil one. What he does do is speak to the inner heart of humankind and says to our fearful hearts “Peace, be still.”
Remember this when you are ready to “jump ship” in a state of panic over the way the world is being presented to you. Jesus still “sits at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.” (Apostles Creed) Always remember, the desperate disciples went to the sleeping Jesus and woke Him up in their fear and asked him, “Don’t you care…” Fortunately the Lord is ever watchful and ever prepared to help us.