Peace Be Still

Few of us consider ourselves “rich” and probably fewer of us are hording a “treasure.” However, when Jesus spoke during His “Sermon on the Mount,” He addressed common people, not people of means. Still, Jesus told them, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth…” (cf. Matthew 6:19-21).

When it comes to what we “have,” everything is treasure. The issue has little to do with quantity and more to do with possession; what we “have” is a degree of richness. Much of Matthew 6 deals with misplaced priorities since many are always looking for something more (vs. 22-23) and allow “things” to become the sum of their lives to the point that they take over (v. 24). When tunnel vision focuses solely on the carrot strung from the stick just beyond the nose, many forget that it is all God’s property and He will take care of necessities. So, why all the worry (vs. 25-32)? Rethink priorities. Pleasing God is a no-lose proposition (vs. 33-34) and if we focus on the woes of right now, we will lose sight of Heaven. When troubles toss us to and fro on the stormy sea of life and waves threaten to bury us, remember the birds of the air and the lilies of the field, God knows, God cares; this will reinforce the fact that it will be okay (Philippians 4:7). What treasure!

As the panicked crew pleaded, “Lord, save us: we perish” (Matthew 8:25), the only calm Person in the boat was the Captain. It would do us all a service to drift back to that small boat on the Sea of Galilee and hear Him say, “Peace, be still” (Mark 4:39).