And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He (Jesus) was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”
As we can see, it was no ordinary storm that was rocking their boat, but instead of freaking out like the disciples, Jesus was actually blissfully asleep, oblivious to the disturbances outside. (Talk about “grace under fire” or should I say water, in this case)
Notice that the Lord rebuked the wind with the word “peace“… and guess what is one of His title in the Bible? Yes… The Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).
He is not just a peaceful person, He is not just a Man filled with peace, but He is peace.
He is the peace that makes one calm even in the midst of a great storm. He is the peace that makes one poised even under extreme duress. He is the peace that caused us to stand still even in the face of enemies’ onslaught. And thank God… He has left us this peace with us:
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Of course, you might ask: If I have His peace, why am I still easily ruffled? And if I have His peace, how do I activate it? Let us look to the Bible for the answer:
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
In short: stay cool and pray… as it is written, “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (James 5:16)
*At the risk of stating the obvious, let me just say I am still struggling to stay in prefect peace all the time. But at least I know I have a God who is able to put my heart in peace.*
Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today.