At times in my life, I haven't had peace. I have also heard people say that they don't have any peace. They can't get any peace. Why?
Let me share a story with you...
Jesus had just finished teaching a crowd by the lake. Afterwards, He said to His disciples...“Let us go over to the other side.” He left the crowd behind. His disciples took him into the boat. A huge storm came. The waves beat up over the boat where it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the back of the boat, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” Jesus calmly got up. He told the wind, "Stop!" The wind stopped. Then, He said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” The wave became completely calm. He turned to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” (Mark 4:35-41)
Jesus' disciples were so afraid during the storm even with Jesus right there in their midst. Jesus wasn't afraid though. Even in the midst of those turbulent circumstances, Jesus was at rest. He was calm and peaceful. He literally calmed down those natural, physical cirumstances for them.
There are many lessons for us to learn from this story.
First of all---when we are afraid during specific situations in our lives---we can rest assured that Jesus is right there with us.
The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. (Romans 8:6, NIV)
Jesus was in the boat with His disciples then. He is in our 'boat' with us now.
Next, He wasn't afraid during that physical storm. When we depend on Jesus, we don't need to be fearful either. We can put our hope and trust in Him.
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. (Isaiah 26:3, NIV)
Thirdly, Jesus was calm and restful. He was at peace in the midst of the violent storm.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7, NIV)
We also can experience the calm even during natural circumstances. When we depend on Jesus, He will help us to be at peace and rest---no matter what's going on around us.
Finally, we can know that we will have problems or hardships in this world.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, NIV)
However, Jesus overcame all of the troubles that the world threw at Him. We can also remember that we are overcomers when we rely on Him.
Most of all, know that Jesus is our peace in the midst of every so-called storm in our lives. He is the only one to go to whenever and wherever we are located physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually. He calms us. He also calms down any physical circumstances around us. We can only be at rest and peace with Him.
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