When Silence is Golden

The storm is raging.  The disciples are panicking.  Fear is ruling everyone in the boat except the One who they call out of sleep to help.  Jesus acts:

38 Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher (Master/Lord), don't you care that we're going to drown?” 39 When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Silence! Be still!" Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm.

Silence.  We rarely enjoy it.  When it is silent we want noise and, strangely, when it is noisy we want silence.  On this day, the disciples were thankful for the silence because it meant that they would live.  It also meant that they were following the One would could silence the wind and the waves.  The One that can do that can silence any storm in your life.  Such a life-storm was happening 700 years prior to this time when a man named Hezekiah ruled as King of Judah.  You can read about it in 2 Kings Chapters 18-20. 185,000 enemy troops surround this walled city.  They are ready to attack.  Hezekiah realizes the trouble they are in and seeks The Lord’s help in prayer.  The Lord send 1 angel during the night and destroys all the enemy troops.  Yes, God is powerful over wind, wave, man and all of His creation.  

The 46th Psalm was written about this occasion:

1 God is our refuge and strength,

  always ready to help in times of trouble.

2 So we will not fear when earthquakes come

  and the mountains crumble into the sea.

3 Let the oceans roar and foam.

  Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!    Interlude

4 A river brings joy to the city of our God,

  the sacred home of the Most High.

5 God dwells in that city; it cannot be destroyed.

  From the very break of day, God will protect it.

6 The nations are in chaos, and their kingdoms crumble!

God's voice thunders,  and the earth melts!

7 The LORD of Heaven's Armies is here among us;

  the God of Israel* is our fortress.    Interlude

8 Come, see the glorious works of the LORD:

  See how he brings destruction upon the world.

9 He causes wars to end throughout the earth.

  He breaks the bow and snaps the spear;

  he burns the shields with fire.

10 "Be still, and know that I am God!

  I will be honored by every nation.

  I will be honored throughout the world."

11 The LORD of Heaven's Armies is here among us;  the God of Israel is our fortress.    Interlude

Fortress, Refuge & Strength.  These are what God can be to you if your faith is in Him.  The disciples found Jesus to be a mighty fortress that day on the lake.  Hezekiah learned how God was his Refuge that time when he was trapped in the city.  Is God your strength?  Have you asked Jesus to calm your storm?  

Jesus silenced the storm.  God tells Hezekiah to ‘be still and know that He is God’.  Silence can be golden.