Genesis 43:1-15; Mark 4:35-41
The storms of life are always raging, and the Prince of Peace is always with you. Sometimes, he calms the storm, but when he does not, he is the calm in the storm. He illustrates this by napping while the storm rages. You want God to quiet the tempests in your life, while he expects you to be at peace with him in the midst of whatever assails you now, as well as what awaits you on the other side of your journey. This requires faith.
Israel, whose new name means “persevere with God,” was assaulted by the loss of children, magnified by the fear that he may lose the rest of his children to famine. Finally, perhaps over a period of two years, he hoped in God: “May God Almighty grant you mercy.” (Gen 43:14)
Whatever the storms may be that assail you, no matter how long they have been raging, Jesus is in the storm tossed boat with you. Have faith in the One who commands creation with a word or two. Slopa! Pephimoso! As he speaks to the storm, may it be as if he were actually speaking to you: “Peace! Be still!” (Mark 4:39)
Prayer: Lord of all creation, help me rest in you today. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman,
Pastor of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Asheboro, NC.