Mark 4:35-41 (NKJV)
35 On the same day, when evening had come, [Jesus] said to [the disciples], “Let us cross over to the other side.” 36 Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But [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?” 39 Then [the Lord] arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”
In the Old Testament, God reveals himself as YHWH SHALOM, indicating that he is the true source of peace. YHWH SHALOM is one of God’s covenantal names through which he reveals some of the wonderful benefits available to those who love, obey, and follow him. One of these benefits is “peace.”
I like to think of peace as divine order. A state of peace is when everything is as it should be. Nothing is out of place and nothing is missing! When we are at peace then everything is well with our souls. We are in a state of calm. We are resting in the Lord knowing that he has everything under control. A person is truly at peace when he or she is complete and whole and in right relationship with God.
God’s peace is multifaceted. When we come to faith in Christ, he enables us to have peace with God, peace in our hearts and minds, peace with one another, and peace in all our circumstances.
In our text, Jesus reveals his authority and power over nature by bringing order to a chaotic situation. He says to a raging storm, "Peace, be still!" Immediately, the winds and waves obey his command.
No matter what you may be going through in your life right now, the Lord can speak peace to your situation. When the storms of life come your way, you can put your trust in the Lord and he will sustain you. He is always with you and he will never leave nor forsake you. The Lord will either quiet the storm that you are in or he will bring you successfully through the storm. Sometimes God saves us from trouble; sometimes he saves us in trouble. In either case, divine help comes to those who put their trust in the Lord’s saving power.
Wilfred Graves Jr.