“And a furious storm of wind [of hurricane proportions] arose, and the waves kept beating into the boat, so that it was already becoming filled. but He Himself was in the stern of the boat, asleep on the leather cushion; and they awoke Him and said to Him, Master, do You not care that we are perishing? And He arose and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, Hush now! Be still (muzzled)! And the wind ceased (sank to rest as if exhausted by its beating) and there was immediately a great calm (a perfect peacefulness). He said to them, Why are you so timid and fearful? How is it that you have no faith (no firmly relying trust)? (Mark 4:37-40)
Here we see Jesus getting some rest after many hours of ministry. It is physically draining to give out ministry of healing and deliverance and teaching to people. It just is. So the Lord decides to get some much-needed rest on the way to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. While He is asleep here comes a vicious storm that is about to sink the boat.
His disciples are naturally terrified by the wind and waves filling the boat. It is interesting that even though they spent day after day in the presence of the Lord, knowing who He is, they still question His motives and His love for them. “Lord, don’t You care that we are perishing?” How many times have we done this very thing over the course of our lives? If we could ever get to the place of faith where we know Him well enough to NOT believe the lie of the devil that God doesn’t care about us! Jesus wondered at their lack of trust too when He said “why are you so timid and fearful?”
Notice this: in spite of their lack of faith, He was faithful to rebuke the wind. Isn’t God good? In spite of our fears and lack of trust, when we cry out to Him, there is enough faith in that to move Him to action on our behalf. Oh how He loves you and me! He got up and He took authority over the wind and the sea and it calmed down immediately.
The Bible says “a great calm (a perfect peacefulness)” was there. I had the privilege of going to Israel and we went to the Sea of Galilee in a boat trip one day. The main thing I felt on the Sea was that the peace was STILL there. After 2000 + years, the words that Jesus spoke over that Sea are still lingering. The peace is so tangible it brought tears to my eyes. I really wanted to stay by the Sea of Galilee forever. It is wonderful because I know Jesus loves that place.
When God speaks to the storms in our lives, it’s not just a passing sentence. His words have power to calm every storm of life that we encounter. Storms of cancer, storms of financial ruin, storms of family division or whatever your “storm” is; the Prince of Peace still speaks to storms and calms the seas in our lives when we call out to Him.
If you are in the middle of a furious storm, call out to Jesus in faith to calm the storm and He will. Ask Him and then begin to thank Him for it every day until you see it happen and then give Him a shout of praise as the Prince of Peace!