"The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm” (NIV) Luke 8:24
It is not uncommon to see how people are entreated to calm down during an outburst of anger. Sometimes we witness scenes of anger and hostile exchanges on streets and other public settings.
Jesus in revealing who we are from inside out declares that the mouth speaks out of the abundance of the heart. (Luke 6:45). Thus the challenge lies in what we have accumulated within us.
Again, the sources of certain angry acts sometimes put us in utter bewilderment, forgetting that only God is always perfect in anger. We all fall short in dealing with anger one time or the other and thus the need to be guided by our perfect Master.
It was one busy day when Jesus was with His disciples in a boat (evening had already caught up with them). Initially, all seem to be well until the Master went into a very sound sleep. From nowhere came an impertinent swelling storm against them. Screams for rescue woke the Lord from sleep who instantly ‘sat the raging waters down’, leading to order and stillness.
Many of us may be battling with our hearts against the tempests of anger and inner rage as well. Let us allow the Lord and He will shout for stillness to prevail in our hearts. But if stormy waters posed such danger to life then, must we not be even much alarmed at what an angry and raging heart is capable of now?
There is hope to experience still waters in our hearts. Let us let the Master in and we shall obtain a life of calmness; peace shall be still.