Peace, Be Still!
Mark 4:35-41 and Matthew 14:22-33
35That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.”36Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” 39He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!”Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. 40He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
22While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.” 23Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it. 24 “This is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many,”he said to them. 25“Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” 26When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 27 “You will all fall away,” Jesus told them, “for it is written: “ ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered. 28 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.” 29Peter declared, “Even if all fall away, I will not.” 30 “Truly I tell you,”Jesus answered, “today—yes, tonight—before the rooster crows twice you yourself will disown me three times.” 31But Peter insisted emphatically, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the others said the same. 32They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.”33He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled.
Calming the Storm
- What are your storms?
- Do you feel like your boat is taking on water?
- Are you more afraid of your problems or of Jesus?
Walking on Water
- If Jesus said, “Come” would you get out of your boat.
- Have you started looking at the wind and the waves again?
Calming our Heart
- Are you asking God to calm the waters in your life, or calm your heart?
- Do you want your circumstances to lower to your faith or your faith to rise above your circumstances?
Additional Scripture Dive: Isaiah 11:2, 2 Timothy 1:7, Psalm 111:10, John 16:33
Michael Pitzer is Director of Senior High Ministries