There are several instances in scripture where God’s people are directed to cross an impossible body of water. These times would require faith, perseverance, and miraculous intervention. Thought seemingly impossible, the journey was never without purpose. Each destination set before their eyes held a glorious promise from God.
In crossing the Red Sea Moses says, “Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord” — they crossed from slavery to freedom.
Sheer determination stepped into the Jordan River as the generation who believed God transitioned from a group of displaced wanderers to possessors of a land.
When Jesus sent His disciples from one side of the sea to the other, it was the storms on the journey that revealed the power of Christ —deepening and strengthening their faith. Peter found the faith to walk on water in the midst of boisterous winds, beating against his boat. In this pivotal moment he discovered that all things were possible though Christ, the Son of the Living God.
At the very climax of their fear Jesus speaks ‘PEACE BE STILL’ and releases the disciples from the spirit of fear.
Fear begins as an emotion that heightens our sense of danger and makes us aware of our surroundings, we have a brief moment to determine a response. Jesus was training his disciples to respond with the peace of knowing He was with them and they had been given the spirit of power, love, and a strong mind – a mind that has been delivered, rescued, revived, salvaged, protected, and brought into a place of safety and security so that it is no longer affected by illogical, unfounded, and absurd thoughts. The storms on the boat would be nothing compared to the evil the disciples would soon face as they spread the message of the Kingdom and turned the world upside down. In order for the disciples to carry out their mission, fear had to be conquered.
The places we walk into are void of hope, void of promise, void of freedom. Jesus took His disciples through the storm to meet a man possessed with demons– crying out for freedom. Think about it this way:
Someone is on the other side of your storm, crying out for the faith and hope that is being birthed in you—through the storm.
Jesus spoke to our fear when He said, “…peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you;…let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” He transformed us into peacemakers. He shapes us into people who will face the raging seas and boisterous winds, because we are confident in the power to speak: “Peace be still.”
Where fear is tormenting we are sent in with perfect love to cast it out. Where fear has someone bound in chains we are sent in to release them from the bondage. Though our personal storms still rage against us, we walk on the water above them… in order to bring peace to those on the other side.
WE ARE PEACEMAKERS
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Matthew 5:9