"Your greatest contribution to the Kingdom of God may not be something you do, but someone you raise." ~Andy Stanley

October 26, 2016

Wednesdays in the Word

I am reminded today (from Mark 4:35-41)
that we serve the One whom the winds and the seas must obey.
Can you even picture being on a boat and the wind obeying you? Or the waves doing what you say? It is just laughable.
Once the disciples woke up Jesus, who was sleeping during the storm, they experienced that very thing!
They watched as creation obeyed its Creator.
Imagine it.
It must have been so humbling and mind boggling all at once.

The notes in my Bible say that "Peace, be still," is literally just "Be quiet."
I love that. Nothing fancy for King James-ish. He didn't wave a rod or yell or gesture wildly. He didn't need to.

"And the wind ceased   (here's my favorite phrase) and there was a great calm."

And who doesn't want "a great calm" to come over their tumultuous situations?
My winds and waves are probably different than your wind and waves. But there isn't a storm inside of us that is more powerful than His "Peace, be still."
He can absolutely rebuke whatever it is that is trying to sink us and take us under.
His presence can overcome our storms because He is greater. And so is the calm that He gives.


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