Peace in the Storm

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 4:35-41

[Jesus] awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. (v. 39)

A sudden, violent storm had arisen on the Sea of Galilee. Even experienced boat handlers like the disciples were scared stiff. Jesus was in the boat, too, but he was asleep. The disciples woke him up. “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” (v. 38). Indeed, he did. “Peace! Be still!” he said to the wind and the waves, and it became completely calm.

But there is obviously a symbolic message here as well. The message is that if Jesus is in our boat—if he is with us wherever we go—we don’t have to be afraid. All we have to do is look to him, trust him, and he will deliver us out of the storm.

We all face many storms in life: worries about health, anxieties about the future, sorrow over the loss of a loved one, to name just a few. But when we trust Jesus, our Lord does indeed give us peace in stormy times.

The apostle Paul knew this peace. Many storms had blown fiercely into his life. He had been flogged, beaten with rods, stoned, shipwrecked, and came close to being executed several times. Still he was able to calmly say that “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:7). —John Koedyker

Prayer: Lord, when the storms of life threaten me, help me to trust you and experience your amazing peace. Amen.