Peace is not the absence of trouble, it’s the presence of God in the midst of trouble.
I read a story about a contest for artist. The artist whose painting depicted the most accurate portrayal of peace would win. There were pictures of pastoral scenes, butterflies, children playing, and the typical paintings you would expect. But one painting stood out among all the others as the best depiction of peace.
The winning artist painted a stormy ocean scene. The angry, dark, gloomy and luminous clouds billowed above rollicking black ocean waves beating violently against the rocky, jagged coastline. Tucked safely and securely inside the crevice of the rocks perched a tiny bird, protected from the violent storm.
Many times in life and often without warning, we find ourselves enveloped in a stormy trial. This is what happened to Jesus’ disciples one day. In Mark 4:35-41 we read the account of the circumstances surrounding them. It was evening and Jesus told his disciples, let’s go to the other side. They sent the multitude away, entered the ship with Jesus and set sail. A great storm came and was so fierce, waves were beating against the ship and soon became full of water. However, Jesus was sleeping through all of this. The disciples were terrified so they woke Jesus and basically rebuked Him for not caring about them.
Isn’t that what we do also when we find ourselves in a storm? We begin to ask:
- Jesus where are you?
- Don’t you see me?
- Don’t you hear me?
- Don’t you know I’m hurting?
- Don’t you care?
- Why don’t you help me?
- Do you not love me?
Aren’t these the questions we ask ourselves?
Then we begin to be filled with fear and doubt. We’re afraid this time is it. The storm is going to kill us. We believe Jesus has forgotten all about us and has left us all alone to perish. This is what the disciples believed too.
But look what Jesus did in verse 39. He arose and rebuked the wind and said to the sea…yes, he spoke to the sea, and said, “Peace, be still!” The Bible tells us the wind ceased and there was a great calm. Then He asked them why they were so fearful and why they had no faith. He rebuked them for their lack of faith. Without faith you will be defeated in every storm of life.
You cannot have faith and fear at the same time. If you have fear…you have no faith. If you have faith…you have no fear. Faith is confidence in God’s ability to save you and fear is confidence (or faith), in the devil’s ability to kill you.
If you ask the questions mentioned earlier, you’re operating in fear and will not be victorious. You can only win by operating in faith as Jesus did that day. He was not afraid…He was asleep on a pillow through the storm. He’d already proclaimed they were going to the other side and what He says will happen…will happen. That’s why we should speak “The Word” when we’re in trouble. His Word works. When you speak God’s words, it’s just the same as having Him in the boat with you, because He is.
Speak the Word in faith and you’re storm will cease also. You will sail through it safely to the other side.
God does care. He is a very present help in time of trouble, but only if we have faith in Him instead of faith (fear) in the devil.
Increase your faith by reading the Word and here’s how:
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17 KJV
Have you experienced God’s peace in the time of trouble in your life and would like to share? Please feel free to comment. God Bless!