Peace, Be Still !
Mark 4: 39 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.
Jesus commanded the wind and the waves to be at peace, and they had to obey him! He also wants us to be at peace. Many times in the scriptures, God instructs his children to be at peace. The more technologically advanced the world becomes, the harder it seems to be calm, and at peace. When I was young, cell phones and even answering machines were still decades in the future. If you were not near the phone, you did not receive the call, and never thought a thing of it. Now it seems if we are not constantly connected to the world, in one manner or another, were afraid of missing something. Television, the internet, cell phones, video games, and many other modern marvels can contribute to a steady stream of audio and visual stimulation, that make it difficult to concentrate, and be at peace. I had a dream about ten years ago, that impacted me to such a degree, I can still vividly recall it to this day.
In the dream, I am out side walking down the street, and huge trees are floating above my head. The roots are coming out of the bottom, and the branches of the trees are covered with beautiful round colorful flowers. I go inside a nearby house, and a very old Chinese woman tells me to close my eyes. She then places her hands on my head, and very firmly presses them down my entire body until she reaches my feet. As she is doing this, a voice in my head is saying, “Slow down and see amazing things.” When her hands reach my feet, I wake up.
Since then, I have tried to not rush through things. It truly is amazing what things we can see everyday, by just slowing down. God instructs us many times throughout the Bible, to be at peace.
Isaiah 57:19-20 I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him. 20But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.
God here states, he creates the fruit of the lips. We need to speak calming words, and God will create those things we speak.
Isaiah 26:3-4 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. 4Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:
Trusting in God brings peace. We need to bring our problems and burdens to him, and not try and work everything out by our own efforts and abilities.
Proverbs 3: 5Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
Jesus is the Prince of Peace. He is the source of peace. By trusting in him, and spending more time studying, and meditating on his word, and less time drawn away by the distractions of a modern world, we can come to know true peace in our lives.
John14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.