November 23, 2020
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. (Mark 4:39 NKJV)
In Mark 4, Jesus had been preaching from a boat and he told the disciples: “Let’s go to the other side of the lake.” His purpose was to make it to the other side. It was going to happen. However, a mega monsoon like storm arose. Trying to stop them from reaching the reward at the end.
The waves beat up the boat and water jumped in it. Jesus was just chilling, taking a much need nap. Resting in the storm. However, just like we might do in the middle of the storms of life the disciples freaked and woke Him up: “Don’t You care? We are being destroyed!” Isn’t that our first question when the storm comes? “Where are you, Jesus?” Can’t you see him huffing and puffing, bothered that he has been woken? He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace. be still.” He spoke to the storm like it was nothing. In fact, after looking at the definition of the words, peace and be still… in the Greek, he really would have sounded less kingly. His words implied: “Hush! Put a muzzle on it!”
I enCOURAGE you to do continue doing the same. Follow his lead. I love when you courageously proclaim: “I will praise and thank Him through the storm!” Just like Jesus, you speak to the storm and stops it in its tracks. You render it ineffective. Just like Jesus, you speak to the wind and it stops. Your faith creates a great calm, perfect peacefulness. And like our brothers, you will make it to the other side into the country of the Gadarenes which means “Reward at the end.” I know you look through the storm and know that Jesus will deliver you to the other side where there is a reward at the end. It is the place where the Son brightly shines and the skies sparkle brilliant blue like a sapphire. And soon, very soon, on the other side, you will see your reward at the end.