Peace Be Still
Today’s Reading: Mark 4
Key Verse: 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.
Peter was there and tells Mark the story, and Mark passes it on to us. Peter was practically raised on the sea, but now he and the others are dumfounded. Jesus is sleeping on the ballast pillow below deck. He demonstrates peace within Himself in the midst of the storm, then He demonstrates that He is at peace with all circumstances. No wonder they ask, “Who can this be that even the wind and the sea obey Him?” (verse 41). This is “100 fold” living. The miracles of Jesus put 100 exclamation points behind His teaching. They say, “Pay close attention.” This encourages us to not only read His Word, but to learn, meditate, write in the margins of our Bibles, and hide His Word, not just in our minds and memories, but in our hearts. “So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17). We decide. Will we be of “no faith” (verse 40) or a growing faith that always produces peace in life’s storms?
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, grant that I may have Your peace. You rested without worry in the storm. But if I should panic, You are there to speak peace. Thank You Jesus! Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
The Sea of Galilee is approximately 700 feet below the level of the Mediterranean Sea, which is only about 30 miles away. The wind currents come barreling down between the mountains, and depending on wind speed and direction, a storm on the water can whip up in no time. On our Holy Land Tours (God willing again this November), we always have a time in the Word aboard a ship on the Sea. These stories of Jesus come fully alive to all of us. One of my favorite Galilee memories is of our sons, who help me in this devotional. Reynold and Ron water skied on that Sea. One of the Israeli guides had a power boat and offered the experience of water skiing. It was the closest thing to walking on the water. Great fun! By the way, there was no storm that day.
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