And the same day, when the even was come, He saith unto them, “Let us pass over unto the other side.” And when they had sent away the multitude, they took Him even as He was in the ship. And there were also with Him other little ships. 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 4:35-40

The story of Jesus calming the storm is applicable as we are in a storm of great proportions. Like the apostles, we are fearful of the outcome of our storm. When the disciples got on the boat with Jesus, they were headed to the other side of the sea, but Jesus was tired and went to rest in the stern of the boat and fell asleep. Jesus knew that the storm was coming but did nothing to prevent it. He was in control. The frightened disciples came and asked, “Master, carest Thou not that we perish?”

When faced with storms in our lives, Christians must remember that Jesus is in the boat and that He is in control and there is nothing that surprises Him. As we endure the buffeting of the storm we are now going through, let us remember the assurance in the words that Jesus said when He stilled the storm to the amazement of the disciples. Jesus simply said, “Peace, be still.” Christians all, let us take the words of the song as a constant reminder that Jesus can still any storm that threatens and set peace in the heart of the fearful. Shalom!

Master, the tempest is raging! The billows are tossing high!
The sky is overshadowed with blackness. No shelter or help is nigh.
Carest Thou not that we perish? How canst thou lie asleep
When each moment so madly is threatening A grave in the angry deep?

The winds and the waves shall obey Thy will: Peace, be still.
Whether the wrath of the storm-tossed sea
Or demons or men or whatever it be,
No waters can swallow the ship where lies
The Master of ocean and earth and skies.
They all shall sweetly obey Thy will:
Peace, be still; peace, be still.
They all shall sweetly obey Thy will:
Peace, peace, be still.

By Rev. Barry McFarlane

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