Also before the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal.
In the book of Revelation and throughout the Bible, the symbolism of the sea speaks of nations. These are the saints of all nationalities worshipping Christ before His throne. But this sea is as calm as glass.
That’s because the place of worship is a place of peace. James talked about the negative reality of this truth.
But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
Doubt and unbelief puts us in a troubled sea of confusion. That’s not God’s will for us. The Lord wants to calm our sea. How does that happen?
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
The word prayer in this verse literally means to draw near. When anxiety, worry, and confusion try to stir up our “ocean”; there’s only one remedy. We must take the time to draw near to God. The next verse tells us that the results are supernatural.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
This peace is ABOVE your understanding. When we come near to God in worship the things that should be causing anxiety melt away in God’s presence. I’m reminded of a chorus we used to sing many years ago.
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full on His wonderful face,
And the things on earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.”
That’s the place of worship. But we have to set aside the time for this. That’s usually our problem. We have plenty of time to wallow in confusion and doubt. But the very thing that will calm the storm just doesn’t fit into our schedule.
We need to get our priorities straight. I find that I’m much more productive when I’m operating in the peace of God. I think you will too.
Draw near to God with the things you’re anxious about. Let the place of worship bring peace to your storm.
Question: How has the Holy Spirit brought peace into your life in the past?
©Nick Zaccardi 2016