I don’t know if you are feeling the same way I am about things in the news these days. It seems to me things have “morphed” into a frightening ugliness. My news source is the Google news page, and I don’t make a habit of going through it all. A lot of it I dare not read; it’s unclean. Much of it I can’t read; it’s too painful to read it. So I skim the headlines.
The other day as I considered it all, these words came on my heart again and again. “…The sea and the waves roaring… The sea and the waves roaring…” (Lk. 21.25). That’s what Jesus prophesied things would be like just prior to the coming of the kingdom of God.
Upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring…
That’s a perfect description of the sea just now—the sea of nations, the sea of humanity. There is so much distress, and perplexity, and unrest.
In fact I wonder if I don’t see a new beast rising up out of the sea, something along the lines of Daniel’s vision, “and behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea. And four beasts came up from the sea…” (Dan. 7.3). John the Revelator saw something similar—a beast having seven heads and ten horns rising out of the sea.
Now, I’m not trying to invent a new eschatology of what that is all about, and I’m not saying I’ve had a divine revelation; it’s just a feeling I have; I’m just surmising.
What I’m thinking of is the “waves” of influence that have arisen as masses of ordinary people in various nations have gathered together—multitudes in the streets banding together in a common cause. They just came up “out of the sea.” They discovered that massed together, rising up together, they had power. Is this a new political force in the earth– a new beast rising out ot the sea?
Some of these waves have been extremely violent. Add to that the frightening riots in our so-called orderly democratic societies. Anarchy right before our eyes.
Now add in this– the influence of social media these days. The little people who had no voice now have a megaphone that has turned their puny voice into a shout that gets political attention.
Whereunto shall all this grow? Truly the waves of the sea are becoming very restless. Very boisterous. I believe they are going to grow even more boisterous.
A storm is gathering strength.
I take courage in knowing this—the One who stilled the waves on Galilee will in His timing speak again and still the waves of this great sea.
Thou rulest the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, Thou stillest them. (Ps. 89.9).
What I mean is… consider this verse in the light of the one just before it.
O LORD God of hosts, who is a strong LORD like unto Thee? Or to Thy faithfulness round about thee?
Thou rulest the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise Thou stillest them.
Thou rulest the raging of the sea. Who is that? The LORD God of hosts.
Fast forward to a stormy night on Galilee centuries after this psalm was written. Who was it that stilled the raging waves of the sea that stormy night on Galilee? It was a Man whom to see was to see the LORD God of hosts, a Man who did only what He saw His Father the LORD God of hosts doing. The things this Man did, it was God the Father who dwelt in Him who did the works (Jn. 14.10).
And so it was the LORD God of hosts who calmed the sea of Galilee that night, fulfilling an ancient prophecy of the psalms.
I believe we shall yet see an even greater fulfillment of that prophecy. I anticipate that this same One shall speak again and still the raging waves of the restless sea of humanity. How shall He do so? Through that same Man again—and those who are in union with Him because of the Holy Spirit dwelling in them.
That will indeed be a very powerful word going forth from the mouth of the Lord—in the body of Christ.
High sounding words? Do you think it’s even possible for this kind of word to go forth from the body of Christ? I do—when it is Christ Himself speaking.
Which means you and I must seek very earnestly to abide in Christ and hear His Voice and speak what He is speaking. Be sure that it’s only those who are abiding in Christ— only those who are walking in the yoke and lowliness of Christ, who are going to be entrusted with this kind of word and authority.
But it’s the only answer for this increasingly lawless and violent and godless world. We are already seeing anarchy in many places. So far men have always felt they could solve their problems and bring things under control. I believe God is going to convince man that this is no longer true. The problems are becoming too great, too complex. Things are spinning out of control.
The sea is getting very stormy indeed.
It frightens me… and I’m glad to read the disciples of old were scared too that night on Galilee. They were sure they were about to perish. I can identify.
…But didn’t they know who was with them in their little ark? And don’t I know too?
Jesus—He was asleep on a pillow through it all—awoke to their cries.
And He arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. (Mk. 4.39).
Notice that. “He rebuked the wind…” That’s where the real problem is—those “four winds of the heavens” that are always stirring up the great sea. These are the real instigators behind all the turmoil—evil principalities and powers in the heavenly realm.
“…And He said unto the sea, Peace, be still.” He rebukes the wind and speaks to the sea—to the peoples in turmoil and unrest.
And there was a great calm.
The disciples were overawed at this.
And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, what manner of man is this, that even the wind and the waves obey Him?
They weren’t even sure He was a man, as the original Greek implies.
Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?
Who? What manner of Man? A Man who is one with God.
Likewise shall many be overawed when this same Man speaks peace and brings order out of chaos again.