Hush. Be still.

The story of Jesus in the boat with His disciples is one of my favorites. They have been ministering to the crowds, but now it is evening and they want to go to the other side of the lake. Almost immediately, Jesus falls asleep. When the sudden, fierce storm pops up, the disciples are frantically doing what they know to do. They are lowering sails and bailing water, but the waves are covering the boat. This is no typical squall. The water is relentless, and they are no match for this storm. They are going to die, and Jesus is asleep.

He is asleep. They wake Him with incredulous pleading. “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” And you can hear the accusation in the question. Don’t you see us? Aren’t you going to help? Are You the Son of God? Can we believe in You?

And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea. “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. Mark 4:39

Jesus is not alarmed by the storm. He is not surprised by its suddenness or its duration or its effects. He is able to bring an amazing, immediate calm with His words. He shows His power and demonstrates the truth of Who He is.

He is master of the storm.

You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, You still them. Psalm 89:9

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