“And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” 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. But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?””
Mark 4:37-40 NKJV
Last night I spent my evening watching a documentary on pandemics. The experts feel that there will be a worldwide pandemic that will wipe out millions. From a fleshly standpoint it is a fearsome forecast.
I have also spent a good deal of time looking through the book of Revelation. There it says that roughly a third of humanity will be wiped out in the first three and a half years of the tribulation period. That would be billions, with a “b”!
Looking at that and all the other issues that are causing people to worry, it would be so easy to focus on the foreboding and not the Lord.
I get much peace from the passage above, as I read of the disciples scurrying and worrying and
Jesus asleep in the stern.
I deliberately make the effort to remember that God is in control. I can trust that He knows the big picture, a view of the whole that I only see in part.
I live in confidence that my Savior has my back, that even if the worst happens, it is really for the best as my hope, after all, is to be with Him.
In the meantime, I seek to share Christ, to sow seeds of faith to others. I seek to encourage other believers caught up in the storms of life. I can speak as one with authority: where Paul cites his pedigree in the book of Philippians chapter three, I have my own pedigree of pain, a twenty year rough patch where I have had to cling to the hem of Jesus’s garment. With all the hits to my body and my soul I still walk in peace. All I have to do is look back and know that His faithfulness in the past will be the same today and again tomorrow. Even in the greatest of struggles I know that He is graceful.
“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
II Corinthians 12:9 NKJV
If you are facing the future with fearsome hurdles, know this, God already knows the outcome and He will be with you through it all. I have experienced the greatest grace in the darkest of times in my life. I marvel how the Lord has prepared me for every one in advance.
Rest in Jesus. When the waves are threatening and danger seemingly all around, know that you can trust in He who can calm the seas.
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
Psalms 46:10 NKJV
Peace, be still!!!