And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”[a]41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!” Mark 4:37-41
What manner of man is this? At that time, there had been no Crucifixion, no Resurrection, no concrete victory over sin. Seeing Jesus in action only at times, the disciples were unaware of being bound by a lack of faith. When Jesus calmed the storm with such a great display of His mighty power, they were shocked. It seemed unreal. In their wildest dreams, they had never imagined what they were about to see. In fact, Jesus was so calm in the face of disaster they asked, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” This should teach you something. Just because the Lord is quiet, just because He does not always make Himself known, it does not mean He is not on board your ship or that He does not care. He is there, and He does care. He is ready to help you do that which you cannot do for yourself – but He waits for your call.
The storms of life can be just as ferocious for you as they were for the disciples. Like the disciples, you need help. Make sure Jesus is on board your ship; make sure you really believe in Him and what He has said. Every word He speaks contains all might, all strength, all courage, all power to defeat whatever adversity that may come against you daily.
Jesus, the One foretold by the prophets, the One holy men of old longed to see, came into bondage that we might be delivered from bondage, that the captives might be set free.
Many do not realize they are bound. They, like the disciples on the stormy sea, fail to consider that lack of faith is a bondage. Recognize your bondage and know that through the promises of God you have liberation. No power can defeat you when you claim His promises. Jesus has only to say, “Peace, be still,” and deliverance comes. Again and again, the Lord has brought those words to me: Peace, peace be still. All deliverance is in those words. Peace, be still.