“He got up, rebuked the wind, and said to the waves, ‘Peace! Be still!’ Then the wind died down and it was completely calm” (Mark 4:39)
Joe Stowell, in his devotion, Our Daily Bread (5-29-13), wrote:
My friend Elouise has a wonderful way of putting life into clever perspectives. Once when I asked her, “How are you today?” I expected the usual “fine” response. Instead, she said, “I’ve got to wake Him up!” When I asked what she meant, she kiddingly exclaimed, “Don’t you know your Bible?!” Then she explained: “When the disciples faced trouble, they ran to wake up Jesus. I’m going to run to Him too!”
In the NIV, Mark 4:37 reads “A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped,” which indicates near hurricane strength. When awakened, Jesus commanded the storm: “Be still!” (v.39). A more literal translation is “Be muzzled!”—with the idea that a threatening animal may be brought under control by a muzzle. At Jesus’ command, the dangerous storm was subdued—it came to rest. The disciples “were terrified and asked each other, ‘Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey Him!’” (v.41). Clearly Jesus Christ reveals His deity through His mighty works!
Even with the forces of nature at their worst, we can have perfect peace because Jesus is Lord of nature. No storm ever breaks free from the control of the One whose hands were nailed to the Cross. And no wave can ever roll beyond the point that He allows.
Jesus awoke the moment His disciples cried out for help. At another time, He also heard the desperate cry of a dying thief who hung on the cross next to Him: “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom” (Luke 23:42).
Jesus had not responded to the insults and curses hurled at Him as He hung there, yet amid the jeers of the crowd, He heard the voice of repentant prayer and answered him, “Today you will be with Me in paradise” (v. 43).
We know that He always hears our prayers and is alert to our quietest moments of distress. Just as the disciples fled to Jesus as their only hope, so we look to Him to calm us with the peace that comes from knowing He is near. “My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27).
Do you have a storm-tossed battle raging in your soul just now? Then it is time to “wake Him up!”
When life feels like a storm-tossed sea
With crushing waves of pain and grief,
Turn to the Lord and trust in Him,
He’ll give you peace and bring relief. –Sper