The New Testament speaks about both the God of peace and the peace of God. The peace of God and the God of peace are actually one. Furthermore, The gospel of peace in Eph. 6:15 is Christ Himself. For He Himself is our peace (Eph. 2:14). And coming, He (Christ) announced peace as the gospel Eph. 2:17. Matthew 5:9 says blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God. Luke 10:6 also refers to a son of peace. As ones who have heard the gospel of peace and received Chirst as peace, our commission is to announce Christ as peace.
Jonah in Hebrew means ‘dove’. When God called Jonah to preach to the city of Ninevah, he ran away. On a boat he ran into a storm. Instead of calming down the crew he got thrown overboard. He was in the belly of a great fish three days and three nights and is a picture of the Christ to come (Matt. 12:40). When the Lord’s disciples were in a boat during a storm, Jesus told them to cheer up, do not be afraid (Matt. 14:27). Saul of Tarsus, like Jonah, also received the same calling. He also ended up in a storm. Christ lived in Paul and Paul lived Christ (Gal. 2:20). Just like Christ, Paul told the men on board to cheer up (Acts 27:22).
Whether we are running from God or following Him, there are going to be storms. This is to bring us back to the God of peace like Jonah and to bring others to the God of peace like Paul and his crew.
John Newton was also saved on a boat as it began to sink. He found peace in God and the God of peace also called him to announce Christ as peace.
A quote from George Mueller’s Biography
Whether or not, on reaching his own room, he himself knelt to pray he could not recall, but he never forgot that a new and strange peace and rest somehow found him as he lay in bed that night.
He did not have to wait long for the recompense of the reward, for the smile of God repaid him for the loss of a human love, and the peace of God was his because the God of peace was with him.
Every new spring of inward joy demands a channel for outflow, and so he felt impelled to hear witness. He wrote to his father and brother of his own happy experience, begging them to seek and find a like rest in God, thinking that they had but to know the path that leads to such joy to be equally eager to enter it.