PEACE, BE STILL

These are the words Jesus spoke to the wind and the waves on the Sea of Galilee.

It wasn’t the first time. He said the same thing with different words many years earlier. Remember how creation started? “The earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep …” (Genesis 1:2) In the beginning creation was a rabble, a disordered dark rabble. Then Jesus spoke. And his speaking brought order, goodness, and peace. The stilling of the storm on Galilee wasthe creation story on repeat - “Peace! Be still!” (Mark 4:39)

A fallen world can make our hearts choppy. If you are anything like me, then you know how quicklythe winds of a fallen world can blow on your heart and turn it into a seemingly life-threatening, dark, foreboding sea. Troubles can cause it, worries can whip it up, failure can generate it, weakness can incite it. There seems to be no end of influences threatening to stir it up.

But we are not alone. We have one who speaks “Peace! Be Still!” to our hearts when they get
choppy. Say it again Jesus. Say it to my heart again. Say it to every heart in Restoration Church. And then tell us again tomorrow.
“Peace! Be Still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
Mark 4:39
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