Hush, Be Still

“And He (Jesus) got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm.”  (Mark 4:39)

Take a moment and read this amazing account of Jesus asleep in a boat while the disciples were frantically fighting a storm. (Mark 4:35-41)  The disciples thought they were in for another peaceful boat trip.  Oh no, just the opposite!  This trip was to be a teachable moment, a test of faith, a time to learn more about this Teacher they were following.  I’ve often wondered if Jesus was really asleep, or was He just waiting for the perfect time to teach this lesson? Whichever the case, several lessons come from this passage:

  • God cares, even when it seems He doesn’t. We’ve all had moments when our natural reaction is like that of the disciples, “God do you not care?”  Yes, He does.  He is aware of the storms in our lives and is either causing or allowing them.  He is with us and He will never leave us!
  • God has authority over everything in our lives.  He can speak “Hush, be still!”  to every storm that comes our way and He can give us peace amidst the storms.  
  • God has called us to live by faith, not by sight.  It’s only natural to be afraid at times, but as Christ-followers, we are to have a super-natural perspective.  Notice Jesus’ response to their question, “Why are you afraid?  Do you still have no faith?”  We are not to allow the circumstances of life to overwhelm us.  We are to exercise faith in an all-powerful, all-knowing God.  (2 Corinthians 5:7)
  • We are to be full of fear.  Notice how the disciples fear transitioned from fear of the storm to fear of God. (v. 41) To fear God is to acknowledge His awesome power, to revere Him and to know He will have the last word. Click here for more on what it means to fear God.  

Ask yourself, “Am I more fearful and focused on the current storm in my life or is my primary focus on God, rejoicing in Him, worshipping Him, dwelling on and obeying His Word?” 

One leads to frantic feelings and behaviors, the other peace and power.

Jeff Wilson

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