Peace That Unravels Chaos - The One Year Salt and Light Devotional

Peace That Unravels Chaos

Mark 4:35-41

He awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. (Mark 4:39, ESV)

THE GOSPELS OF MATTHEW, MARK, and Luke tell a remarkable story of Jesus sleeping in the back of a boat as a storm rages on the Sea of Galilee. The disciples panic and even accuse Jesus of not caring whether they drown. Jesus calmly gets up, rebukes the wind and the waves, and stills the storm. The disciples are amazed at his authority, but Jesus points the responsibility back toward them. Why did they have such little faith? The question suggests that they could have spoken to the storm with the same authority themselves—or at least been confident that Jesus’ presence would have calmed it for them.

We live in the midst of storms too; they rage around us daily. Like the disciples, we ask God to wake from his slumber, demonstrate that he cares, and do something about the situation. Meanwhile, God turns the responsibility back toward us, reminding us of the authority we have in Christ, the promises he has given us for prayer, and even the assurance that we can do the works Jesus did (John 14:12). So we wonder, What do we have to learn in order to speak peace into our circumstances? How can we sleep calmly as life rages around us? Why was Jesus able to calm storms and we aren’t?

Jesus could change the environment around him because the peace inside him was greater than the storm outside. In his situation and in ours, a crisis represents a conflict of two opposing forces: the Kingdom of God and the turmoil of the world. Which will win? The one that doesn’t back down. If you really want to unravel the chaos in your life, cultivate the peace within. Let it rule in your heart (Colossians 3:15). Enter disruptive situations with the assurance that the peace inside of you is greater, and speak words of peace around you. Storms will calm. Chaos will bow to the shalom of God’s Kingdom, and others will get a taste of its glory.

{Jesus, you came not as the great exception but as the great example. Teach me to be like you. Fill me with the peace that calms storms. And may my words demonstrate the power of your presence. Amen.

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