Here’s Today’s Devotional from The Vine…
He awoke, and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” The wind ceased, and there was a great calm. – Mark 4:39
Jesus spoke to the storm and to the raging sea as if they were intelligent creatures – just as a boss would speak to his employees. The truth we learn here is that Jesus is Lord of nature – that the elements recognize His voice and obey Him even in their wildest moods. If we fully believe this, it would bring a great deal of peace to our lives. No storm ever breaks free from the control of the one who is our Lord and Redeemer. No wave can roll beyond the point that He permits. There is nothing in this world that is beyond the control of the hands that were nailed to the cross.
There is an old story of a Christian army officer at sea with his family in a storm. There was great panic amongst the passengers, but the officer was calm. His wife however, was not calm and criticized her husband, saying that at a time like this he should at least be concerned for her and the children. He made no reply, but soon came to her with his sword drawn, and with a serious look on his face pointed it at her heart and asked,“Are you not afraid when a drawn sword is at your chest?” “No,” she replied, “not when I know it is in the hands of one that loves me.” He replied, “So why would you expect me to be afraid of this storm when I know it’s in the hands of my heavenly Father, who loves me?”
Even when the forces of nature are at their worst, we should be at peace since our Savior is Lord of nature. Someone tells of being at sea in another storm, and of seeing a little bird fly down and rest on the crest of a wave, where it sat as quietly as if it had been perching on a tree branch in a quiet forest. In the same way, we who place our faith and trust in Christ should find the same confidence in the middle of life’s storms.