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Quiet; be still
Pastor Jon Enter
by Pastor Jon Enter
May 10, 2024

I’ve never been in a boat in rough water. Have you? I almost drowned when I was about ten, so choppy water makes me anxious. I couldn’t imagine how bad the storm must’ve been for the disciples for them to cry out to Jesus, “Don’t you care if we drown?” (Mark 4:38).

What storm is pummeling your life, causing you to doubt God’s power? No matter what you’ve done, no matter how hard you’ve tried to rise above, you sink further into despair that your situation is hopeless. The pounding of the waves of worry are relentless when the storm surrounds you. It’s easy to be overwhelmed. 

For the disciples, Jesus was physically right there, but they doubted his concern for their lives. What’s amazing is how Jesus responded to their accusation: “He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Quiet! Be still!’” (Mark 4:39). Notice that Jesus didn’t rebuke the water; he told the water to be still. Jesus rebuked the wind that caused the chaos. When the wind’s power over the water was removed, the water was calm. 

When you struggle to see God’s power and even when you come to him unsure of how he will intervene, you still come to him. You know he is the only way peace can come, even if you don’t understand how. Jesus will rebuke and remove the sin and uncertainty overtaking your life. When it’s gone, quietness and calm will come.