18 I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners.
19 I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the Lord; and I will heal him.
20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.
21 There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.
By Pam England
In today’s Bible reading, I found myself overwhelmed by the love and mercy of God as I read these four simple verses. The children of Israel turned their back on God. Time after time they had partaken in idolatry, worshiping the false gods of the people in the surrounding lands. They chose to continually turn their backs on the one true living God. Yet, despite the vast majority of the people rejecting Him, God still sought to heal, restore and give peace to those who would humble their hearts, repent and turn to Him.
If we will reach for Him, He will be there to pick us up and restore our lives. He is our loving father. The one who wants only the best for us. Only God can give us perfect peace. Deciding to yield our hearts to Jesus is the only way to have true peace and joy in our lives.
The disciples in the book of Luke woke up Jesus to calm the raging storm, fearing the boat would sink and they would all perish in the storm. These men were experienced fishermen who had been through many storms. With that being said, we can plainly see in the scripture that they were truly fearful that this day they would perish in the storm. I am so thankful we serve a God who can bring peace to our troubled sea. He can speak the words in the storm and calm the sea.
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.” Isaiah 26:3-4