You, watching God handle the storms in your life while you sit in total peace.
Verse of the Day: Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, "Teacher, don't you care if we drown?" He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet! Be still!" Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. (Mark 4:38-39)
Jesus was on the boat. But there was no peace
This is the first thought I had when referencing this familiar scripture today. Jesus was on the boat, but there was no peace. But. Jesus. Was. On. The. Boat.
Lesson number one: There was no lack of peace. Jesus was on the boat, so PEACE was on the boat. There was a lack of faith ... which kept the disciples from being able to ACCESS THE PEACE. The disciples had immediate access to the Prince of Peace, but their lack of faith ... kept them from accessing it.
A lack of faith will cause you to wrongfully frame your entire life in lack. A lack of faith will have you in the boat WITH JESUS ... still viewing your life from the perspective of the storm.
Second lesson: Believing in Jesus does not make you exempt in a little turbulence from time to time. You're not exempt from turbulence, hard times, challenges, missteps or attacks because you walk with Jesus. You're exempt from DEFEAT.
Until now, Jesus had taught in parables to the crowds of people following him, feeding them the Word according to their experience and maturity. But when he got alone with the disciples, he would break down the deeper meaning behind the parables. The disciples got truths and reflections and insights from Jesus to which no other group had access. They knew more about Jesus' ways than anyone else.
The disciples knew, better than anyone, what the parables meant. But they still couldn't figure out how to put the parables in practice. We can hear the Word of God all day, but it's in the midst of the storm that we learn to apply it.
Interestingly, the storms only came when the disciples were on the boat, crossing to the other side. Pay attention to your own life: storms tend to visit in the midst of your Crossover Season.
The storm served a simple purpose in this scripture: to establish God's sovereignty through Christ. The intensity of the conditions are a small matter to the Creator.
The disciples show us how important it is to establish God's sovereignty in our own lives. The conditions around you might be chaotic or fluctuating ... but God's peace within you is sovereign. It reigns supreme.
Peace. Be still, sis. Let's pray it out: Father. Thank You for Your peace which passes all understanding. Peace that doesn't even make sense. Keep me clothed in this peace, in the midst of all situations. Strengthen my faith to understand that the presence of the storm does not indicate the absence of your presence. Strengthen my spirit that I remember that I can access Your peace ... at all times. In Jesus' name. Amen.