Monday, December 3, 2012
Peace, Be Still
One day Jesus and his disciples were in a ship when a great storm came and the ship began to fill with water. The disciples were very afraid, but Jesus was sleeping! The disciples woke Him and said, "Master, carest thou not that we perish?" Jesus arose, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace, be still." The gospel of Mark tells us that there was then a great calm. And Jesus said unto them, "Why are ye so fearful? how is i that ye have no faith?" The disciples said one to another, "What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?"
Today, the world is like a troubled sea. There is violence everywhere. The economic situation is precarious, and we may believe our governments are leading us on the road to destruction. We also have troubles in our own lives; some of us have tooth-aches, others have sore feet, some cannot sleep, others have broken hearts. Some of us can't find jobs; others are tired from working too much overtime. Trouble and hardship comes to everyone. How can bad things to happen to good people? Why is the world falling apart?
Don't lose faith. Don't be fearful. Cry with the saints of all ages, "Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the Lord!" (Isaiah 51:9). Cry unto God and say, "Come quickly, O Lord!" When Christ returns, judgment will be done. The Lord is waiting for the last lost soul to come to be saved, and then He will return.
Then, "The redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: and they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away." (Isaiah 51:11)
The Lord says, "I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass; and forgettest the Lord thy maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth; and has feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy? and where is the fury of the oppressor?... I am the Lord thy God, that divided the sea, whose waves roared."
The Lord Jesus Christ is greater than all of your problems. Do not worry. Trust in Him.
"Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you." --Isaiah 35:3-4
Jesus cares for you. "Peace, be still!"