Peace Be Still
During our small group bible study last month, one of our leaders asked the question, “What does peace mean to you?” I spoke first replying that peace meant calmness amid the storms in our lives. Other members of the group chimed in with similar responses.
Then he asked the question, “But what does peace be still mean?” Before anyone answered, one member needed to share an experience based on the first question and the conversation went on a different route (as they often do with our group) and this question went unanswered.
The next day while doing my routine laps in the pool, the question came up again. I pondered the meaning and the Holy Spirit spoke to me (Yes, God speaks in many ways and many places, even while swimming). He brought back the story from Mark 4: 35-41. Jesus left the multitudes and told the disciples “Let us go over to the other side.” A fierce storm arose threatening to destroy them. Jesus was asleep and they awoke Him and said, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” And after being aroused, He rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. Peace presided over the storm.
I noticed that Jesus did not say “peace come here.” Why? Because it was already there. He just commanded peace to stay over the storm, linger there and not go anywhere. The Holy Spirit opened my eyes to the meaning of the question, “what does peace be still mean.”
Jesus said in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you.” Jesus gave us peace to use when needed. We must command it in the name of Jesus when faced with stormy situations in our lives. The storms may still rage, but peace can rule over our circumstances and help us to continue our journey in this life until we too get to the other side! Jesus cares when we feel we are perishing; but He left us with His peace to calm our fears.
I didn’t realize that I would need to command peace that very evening after receiving a phone call from my dear friend and her husband, the same leader who asked the question. They called to share the devastating news that her cancer metastasized throughout her body. It felt like a dinosaur foot just pounded into my stomach.
After floods of tears and crying out to the Lord, I commanded peace to be still… Peace be still over my sister and brother… Peace be still over their daughters and family… Peace be still over me and my hurting heart… Peace be still over our entire small group who immediately went to fasting and praying for her…
Peace be still.
I shared with them what the Holy Spirit taught me, and you know what, we all received peace. Is the cancer still in her body? Yes, but the peace of God presides over it and we stand firm trusting and believing Jesus for her healing. The old familiar hymn below reminds me that He controls everything.
I don’t know about you, but I need the peace that Jesus gave us to use when faced with the trials of this life. I now understand that I must command it and it will linger over my situations. Why? Simply…
Because I Am CUTE
Peace! Be Still!
Master, the tempest is raging! The billows are tossing high!
The sky is o’er shadowed with blackness, No shelter or help is nigh.
“Carest Thou not that we perish?” How canst Thou lie asleep,
When each moment so madly is threat’ning, A grave in the angry deep?
“The winds and the waves shall obey My will, Peace, be still!”
Whether the wrath of the storm-tossed sea, Or demons, or men, or whatever it be,
No water can swallow the ship where lies, The Master of ocean and earth and skies;
They all shall sweetly obey My will; Peace, be still! Peace be still!
They all shall sweetly obey My will: Peace, peace be still!
~ Mary A. Baker and H.R. Palmer