Mark 4:39-40 And He arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea Peace, be still. And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. And He said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?
A miracle for the relief of his disciples, Jesus calms the storm. For the disciples to say, “carest thou not that we perish” (vs. 38) showed how little faith they had and that they had already forgotten the lesson Jesus had taught them about how He is not willing that any should perish (Matthew 18:14).
This word of command, “Peace, be still,” is given to us as well when we are faithless. When our hearts are like the troubled sea and cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt (Isaiah 57:20). When our storm of outward turmoils and inward fears are raging as a storm, Christ can create peace.
And then the reproof: Why are ye so fearful? O ye of little faith. How is it that ye have no faith?
Do we offend Christ with our lack of faith?
Faith is believing God – not praying about or for something and then stressing over the outcome He allows.
Faith is believing God’s plans are better than ours.
Faith is having the courage to do difficult things.
Faith sees everything in the light of God’s overriding governance for good.
© 2011 Debora P. Gilley