Posted by: Larry Hoekman | October 21, 2015

Biblical Phrases — Peace! Be still!

Day 2212: Life can drastically change at any moment – pray hard!

Scripture: And He (Jesus) awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. Mark 4:39   Be still, and know that I am God! Psalm 46:10a

Thoughts/questions: Peace??? Being still??? It doesn’t appear to be part of what the 21st century has to offer.

A couple of antonyms for peace are noise and agitation. 21st century living is filled with noise! Loud noise invading our ears and the quiet noise of computers/texting. Noise, noise, everywhere noise! No peace! Agitation – also known as one our new favorite words, stress. Certainly stress is EVERYWHERE. No peace.

Within all of the above can there be a great calm? Yes! Eventually peace has to be maintained in spite of the noise and stress; however, it must start with ‘be still’ followed by knowing that He is God (capital G!)

It sounds so obvious, but how are we to be still? We have to STOP! Stop listening to any noise; stop physically; and stop stressing! Be still! If you are drawing the short straw regarding peace, don’t try to inject peace into the turmoil. Start at the beginning!

Stop! Change your perspective and place God in His proper place! Stop trying to control anything and everything! Do this regularly or whenever needed!

Peace! Be still! 

Suggested prayer: Almighty God, it’s simple – You are God and I am not, but I keep getting that mixed up. Help me get it right and keep it right . . .

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