WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17
“And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling.”
Mark 4:37 (ESV)
Jim Walton was translating the New Testament for the Muinane people of La Sabana in the jungles of Colombia. But he was having trouble with the word peace. During this time, Fernando, the village chief, was promised a 20-minute plane ride to a location that would have taken him 3 days to travel by walking. The plane was delayed in arriving at La Sabana, so Fernando departed on foot. When the plane finally came, a runner took off to bring Fernando back. But by the time he had returned, the plane had left. Fernando was livid because of the mix-up. He went to Jim and launched into an angry tirade. Fortunately, Walton had taped the chief’s diatribe. When he later translated it, he discovered that the chief kept repeating the phrase, “I don’t have one heart.” Jim asked other villagers what having “one heart” meant, and he found that it was like saying, “There is nothing between you and the other person.” That, Walton realized, was just what he needed to translate the word peace. To have peace with God means that there is nothing–no sin, no guilt, no condemnation–that separates us. And that peace with God is possible only through Christ.
The storm in Mark 4 created a distraction where the disciples began to doubt Jesus’ care for them. As the boat began to fill with water their fear was also rising. And for a moment their “one heart” with God was tested.
Do you have “one heart” with God today? Do you have peace with God and the peace of God? If you are a believer, you have peace with God but you may not be experiencing the peace of God. Ask God to help you identify any distractions that may be disrupting peace in your life.