Volume 51 – Peace…Be Still

Posted on 10/28/2010

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How much do you really have?

In the Bible there is a story about Jesus getting into a boat for travel. While he was sleeping, “a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with waves” (Matthew 8:24, NKJV). His disciples were terrified and came to him in their fear saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” (v. 25). “But He said to them, ‘Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?’ Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm” (v. 26). I chose to use this passage to illustrate the point for this post. How many times have we looked to others for answers when we have the ability to quiet our storms ourselves? Life is full of ups and downs, and peaks and valleys. How we handle them will determine how high we get on our successes, and how low we get on our failures. When our lives are storming, and we feel that circumstances have grown beyond our control; sometimes, we just have to muster our faith and say, “Peace… Be Still.”

Perspective on Faith

Now, we all know that the Bible is a book that is designed to plant the seeds of belief, grow the tree of faith, and bear the fruit of discipleship. At the same time, is it only in our religious practice where we show faith? We put our lives in others’ hands every day based on faith alone. For example, when you’re driving through an intersection, you believe (and have faith) that the drivers on the cross street will remained stopped. Or, when you go to a restaurant, you believe (and have faith) that the chef took all the necessary precautions to prepare a sanitary meal. In these examples, our faith in others is so strong that we rarely, if ever, think about any other possible outcome. That’s why we are so surprised when we hear stories of someone being killed in an intersection or dying from food poisoning. Quite simply, we apply faith principles every day and in everything we do. Why then, is it so hard to apply the strongest faith of all? The faith placed in us by God to overcome our situations.

Faith Defined

Hebrews 11:1 states that faith is “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Dictionary.com defines faith as “belief that is not based on proof.” How would you define faith? Do you only have faith when there is sufficient evidence? In our relationships, we describe monogamy as being “faithful”. Why? Is it because it’s a “belief not based on proof”; or, could it be “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” By our nature, we are wired for faith and faithfulness. It is the world that puts disbelief in us. In our opening example, Jesus first rebukes His disciples by saying, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” He knew they had the same power to calm the storm and sea – if they only believed: IF they had enough faith.

We have the ability to quiet our personal storms, to calm the winds and smooth the waves; yet, we continue to search for evidence that has already been revealed. Think about your life for a moment. When you went to college, didn’t you have faith that your education would get you a job? Yet “faith without works is dead” (James 2:20), so you studied hard, made good grades, and graduated believing that a job would be there for you. Is that not “walking by faith, (and) not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7)? Again, we show great faith in others and things, but little-to-none in ourselves. “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?”

Conclusion

The opening passage of this post is a very small depiction of one of the many miracles that Jesus performed during His time on this planet. At the same time, I believe we miss the secondary message hidden within it. Yes, we are shown an example of God’s power through Christ; but what about God’s power through you? When are you going to find your mustard seed of faith and command your mountains to move (Matthew 17:20)? You have power and control over circumstance. You have power and control over your finances. You have power and control over your health, your family, your job, and your relationships because God has given it to you. Jesus rebuked his disciples because of their lack of faith; and you reduce your power because of yours. God has given us the power to move mountains. You only have to turn on that power by trusting that “greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4).

That’s just my three cents…

Sill-E

“Peep my ver-na-cular cuz I don’t know how to act…”

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