Day 20 – The Lord Is Peace

Jesus must have been thinking of me when He said, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself” (Matt. 6:34 NIV). Learning to live in the Lord’s peace rather than fear has never been easy for me. In fact, I have a history of being the “DQ” (Drama Queen) of my house! Unfortunately, my children have seen me react to unexpected situations by panicking rather than trusting God. However, at least I am not the only one who has panicked in the middle of a storm!

On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them [his disciples], “Let us cross over to the other side.” Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”

Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!” (Mark 4:35–41)

Even though the Son of God was in the boat with the disciples, they were afraid because they truly did not understand who He was. Long before Jesus was born, Isaiah prophesied that the Messiah would be called the Prince of Peace. In the book of Judges, Gideon had an encounter with the Lord and built an altar calling it “Jehovah-Shalom,” which means “The Lord is peace.” Peace is the very fabric of God and it is the atmosphere of His presence. The Hebrew word for peace is “shalom,” which means “restoration, wholeness, and completeness.” Christ is our Prince of Peace and through Him we can have all of these things!

We struggle to find peace simply because we really don’t understand who God is and where He is. Jesus is now seated in heavenly places far above principalities and powers. He has all authority, and there is no name in heaven or on earth greater than His name (see Ephesians 1:20–21). He is in control!

Though He is seated at the right hand of the Father, our Lord promises to be with us in every storm (see Matthew 28:20). In fact, while the winds and waves are raging around us, Jesus is sleeping peacefully in our boat, completely unconcerned! As we learn to trust His love for us, fear loses its power.

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. (1 John 4:18 NIV)

We are not fully believing the truth if we are living in fear. In fact, I have come to believe that every fear has a lie attached to it. When I am afraid there won’t be enough, I am not really believing God will provide. If I fear the future, somewhere deep in my heart I’m not sure I can trust God’s hand. Truly Jesus is Lord of the storm and He is with us. With the Lord in the boat, nothing can harm us!

No matter what is going on in your life today, trust that the Lord is your Jehovah-Shalom. He is your peace, your restoration, and your wholeness. Find Him in the bottom of the boat and you will rest! Cry out to Him and He will say, “Peace, be still!” to the storm in your heart.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:6–7)

You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. (Isa. 26:3)

Father, forgive me for looking at the storms instead of fixing my eyes on You. Help me take a deep breath and remember You are the great I AM in every situation I face. Help me trust and rest completely in You. Be my Jehovah-Shalom! In Jesus’ name, amen.

  • How is the shalom of God more than a feeling?
  • What does it say about our relationship with God when we respond to potentially threatening situations by panicking?
  • How can we learn to look for Jesus in the storms rather than panicking?