Over the weekend, I was spending some quiet time alone – with my thoughts.

In the silence I remembered a time when I had scheduled time to pray with a friend.

When the day and time arrived, I was exhausted.  Some unexpected things had taken place and I no longer felt the energy to pray a fervent prayer.  When my friend arrived, she looked about as frazzled and weary as I felt.

I invited her in, and we began to talk.  We talked about all the things going on in life, nothing major, just everyday things – suddenly, a hush came over the room.  It was a hush you could feel.

It was as if Jesus Himself walked into the room, placed his finger to His lips and said, “Shhhhh.”

The moment this happened we immediately became silent.

After a few moments, she asked, “Did you sense that?!”

“Yes” I responded.

We quietly began to pray.

As I prayed, the Lord took me to the story in Mark 4:39 where Jesus was on the boat with the disciples when the storm began.

As you may recall, the disciples were afraid and woke Jesus from his sleep.  The word of God says, “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.” Mark 4:39

That was exactly how it felt in my home that night – a great calm came over the atmosphere.

God began to show me that Jesus had stood up and spoken over us.  “Peace, be still.”

His words over us caused the weariness and the storms we had been dealing with to cease.

It was the same peace the disciples felt that day in the boat.  Peace, be still.

The following morning as I pondered on the night’s events, I did a word study on that scripture and found it meant something different than I first imagined.

I assumed the word peace in the scripture was shalom, but it wasn’t, it was a different word, siopao.

This word means; silence, a hush, properly, muteness, involuntary stillness, or inability to speak.

Wow!  That was exactly what we experienced.

As I dug a little deeper in the scriptures, I found the words be still to mean, to close the mouth with a muzzle, to muzzle, to stop the mouth, make speechless, reduce to silence.

What happened that night was Jesus stepped into the room and said, “Shhhh.”  When He did, He was commanding every storm in our life to cease.  He reduced all the things that were causing heaviness or weariness to a place of silence.  They no longer had the power to speak into our lives.  It was, indeed, a powerful Insight.

Today, I believe he reminded me of this night for a reason.

I believe he is speaking to you and I today – over anyone who can receive it.

He is speaking to the storms in our life and commanding peace, commanding them to be silent and cease existing.  He is speaking into our life and commanding a great calm to come and abide at this very moment.  He is declaring those storms no longer have power in our life – Jesus purchased our peace at the cross.

God is a good God.  Nothing is impossible with Him, and nothing is impossible for you.

Peace, be still.  Storms cease, stillness come, calm come; that is what Jesus is saying over you today.

The calm, the great calm has come, and the winds must cease at the sound of his voice.  The storms must dissipate at his spoken word.

There are times when the storms in our life seem to speak louder than the word of God.  There are times when the lack speaks loudly.  Times when the pain is louder than the word of God. When the things our kids are doing appear louder than his promises.   Times when situations appear to be yelling at us and telling us we are not going to make it this time BUT Jesus has walked into to the room and commanded peace.  “SHHHHH.”  The storm will cease.  It no longer has the ability to speak into your life.  That, my friend is good news!

I don’t know what storm is raging in your life, but I DO KNOW WITHOUT A DOUBT that the Lord is present to calm the storm, if you will only believe.  It is my prayer that every storm in your life is silenced this day and you too, experience a great calm.  Peace, be still, in the name of Jesus Christ.

 

Appoint My Days

Today, I present my body as a living sacrifice to You Lord.  I set myself apart for Your work in all that I do and encounter throughout my day, putting You first and foremost in my life.  This is my reasonable act of worship. I choose to worship You this day!

Romans 12:1-2