Dancin' in the Deep
I love hearing people pray because it is an insight into their personal relationship with Jesus. Since March 2020, I hear this prayer a lot: Lord, give us peace in this time.
I've prayed it. Have you? Peace from the pandemic, shootings/riots, American politics, China vs. HK, wildfires on the West Coast, working from home, schooling from home, etc... This has not been an easy year. We ask the Prince of Peace for peace. What does this peace look like? Ultimately, Jesus came for one reason: to give peace between God and Man. But from that restored union flows peace into every other area of our lives. Let's study two passages from Scripture about this peace.
The first passage is from Mark 4:35-41. Read the whole passage first. Then let's examine these few verses:
38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”There are a few observations to make:
Accusation: Do You not care that we are about to die, Jesus?
Action: Jesus gets up, and commands the wind/waves "Peace! Be still!" The "be still" phrase is an interesting one since this is what is used to get an animal to obey. It's like telling your puppy, "Hush!"
Result: And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
Question: "Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?" They accused Jesus of not caring. Jesus asked them why they had no faith in Him. Did they really think He would let them die? Did they really think He didn't have the powers to change the circumstances? Why are they afraid when He is in the boat with them?
Worship: The disciples see Jesus for who He is: Creator God. Only God could command His "pet" (wind/waves) to "HUSH!" and it would quickly sit and be a "good boy."
Fast forward to another time the disciples are on a boat. Jesus had died. The disciples resume and go back to what they knew: a life of fishing. Jesus stands on the shore and calls out to them to cast their net to the other side and they haul in a load. John 21:7 captures a beautiful moment:
"Peace, be still!"You are here so it is wellEven when my eyes can't seeI will trust the Voice that speaks
Can you think of a Brothers/Sisters in Christ who could be reminded of the peace that Jesus gives? Share this with them, pray for them, and pray with them!