Friday, January 26, 2007

"PEACE! BE STILL!"

Mark 4:36 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37 And a great storm of wind arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him and said to him, "Teacher, do you not care if we perish?" 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.

How many times have I come face to face with a problem and either try to handle it myself or I just gave up... too many times I have to admit.

When I look at what the disciples faced in The Sea of Galilee, I too would have been frightened. When we face storms in our lives today, we should try to Be still and find that peace only found in in our Lord. How often do I leave Jesus out of my plans? How often do I lean on my own understanding?
I should be leaning on the hope I find in Him...
1Thes 1:3 remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
And pray constantly (without ceasing 1 Thessalonians 5)

Our relationship with Christ should be constant.

This year that just past has been a year of awakening for me, I have been taking a real good look at myself and was not pleased at what I seen. I am so thankful that the Lord does not give up on us when we turn our back on him at times. He has been so patient with me. His promise has been to never leave His children.
One of my favorite verses is...
Romans 8:38-39 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

He is a patient and loving Father, when the discipes seen Jesus calm the storm, they seen the power of God, they seen that He had complete control of the situation, If he can control the storms of the Seas, can He not control what happens in our lives, He sure can. We can be Still and find peace by just allowing Him to control the reigns in our lives.

John 15:13 Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.

He laid down His life for me, He calls me friend, He called me to be His child..I owe Him so much...I owe Him my life.

If God be our God, He will give us peace in trouble. When there is a storm without, He will make peace within. The world can create trouble in peace, but God can create peace in trouble -- THOMAS WATSON
Cristina

4 comments:

Henry (Rick) Frueh said...

God's peace can only truly be seen against the backdrop of earthly storms. When the world sees peace in the midst of the stormy uncertainty of this life they will be forced to ask about "the hope that lies within us". And with that platform we may share about the eternal hope that eclipses anything on this earth.

Dr. Phil can give psychological peace but he can never give eternal peace that only comes through knowing the Prince of Peace. The boat is lurching? I have eternal life so let me go below this earthly deck and fall asleep with the Captain of my ship. Good night...

Baptist Girl said...

Rick,
That is so true. If the world can see in us peace when turmoil is arround us, they will ask how?

"I have eternal life so let me go below this earthly deck and fall asleep with the Captain of my ship. Good night"... Wow! well said. Thank you Rick.

Cristina

luvvom said...

Not that it is a great spiritual song, but your post reminds of the song that states, "Sometimes He calms the storm and sometimes He calms His child." In either case, our lives will be in peace if we abide in Him. Thanks for the post.

Baptist Girl said...

Hi luvvom,
Yes I agree if we abide in Him, we will find peace.

Cristina