Peace, Be Still

Peace, Be Still

And...he said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. — Mark 4:35 

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It was early morning when I entered the Police Station, the hour for the changeover of shifts. I immediately became annoyed because it sounded like a fish market. People were walking back and forth, shouting, speaking above each other, and the phones just kept on ringing. I stood at the counter, took a deep breath, and whispered a prayer. I don’t remember what I silently said to God in that moment, but when I opened my mouth, I yelled, “Peace, be still!” 

I could have heard a pin drop; everyone just turned and looked at me. After a moment of silence, they continued about their business but, believe it or not, in a quiet, orderly way. I just stood at the counter in awe, and at that moment I could see clearly Mark 4:35, “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” (KJV).

Just three words, but so powerful. In this verse, “peace” is from the Greek word siopao, meaning “to be silent”, and “be still” is the English translation of phimoo, meaning “to muzzle” ( Jesus said, “Storm, keep silent. You have been muzzled.” And all that fierceness was brought under control when Jesus spoke those words.

Storms will come our way, whether actual storms, relationship problems, sickness, financial needs, or any other situation that causes us to feel overwhelmed and fearful. But Jesus taught us to have faith in Him to quiet every storm in life. Not always does the storm disappear, but He calms us, quiets our fears, and gives us peace. With faith in Jesus, we can speak peace into every circumstance in our lives.

Reflection: Are you allowing God’s peace to still the storms in your life? 

 Prayer Starter:

Heavenly Father, always let me be mindful that you will give me peace to calm the storms of my life.

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