“They were terrified and asked each other, ‘Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey Him!'” ~ Mark 4: 41, NIV
Hey, you! I hope you have been as peachy as I have been over these past few weeks! I’m jumping right into this blog now! My fingers are ready to get this out to you!
Do you know the story of Jesus calming the storm? We are often familiar with the “peace, be still” part, but let’s take a moment to really dissect this text. If you look at Mark 4:35-41, you see the whole situation. Jesus was asleep, the disciples were panicking, and Jesus saved them from drowning and calms the storm. The end! (Not the end, by the way.) I want to offer you some encouragement today, my friend. We often have many storms in our lives to test our faith and help us grow as a Christian, which brings me to my first point.
1. YOU ARE NOT ALONE! SOMEBODY CARES!
Reference verses 35-38. The disciples and Jesus were out in Sea of Galilee. Jesus had fallen asleep, and the disciples were going wild over this storm! At one point, the disciples wake Jesus asking Him if He cared that they were about to drown. I find that so ironic because God tells us to cast our cares on Him, so of course He cares! (1 Peter 5:7) In your storms, know that somebody cares. We often feel like everyone around us couldn’t possibly understand what we are going through. We feel like we are alone, just out there fending for ourselves. Do not turn to man when God is there always. When family and friends fail us, God will always be there, every step of the way. He will never leave us nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6), so go through these tests preparing yourself for an awesome testimony.
2. Who’s in Control?
Reference verse 39. Jesus got up, and He told that storm to settle down! Jesus was completely calm in this situation, and he gave that same peace to the disciples when he calmed the storm. Don’t you know God can give you peace in the midst of your storms? He has already foreseen you going through your storm and coming out victorious. Now, I do not want to mislead you. Some people don’t get out of their storms here on Earth. Sometimes, their whole lives are storms, but whether you’re victorious here on Earth or in Heaven, be mindful of who is in control. Do not let God see you give up as His servant. Praise Him through the good and the bad. I always think about Paul. Paul (formerly known as Saul) was going around persecuting Christians. Once he turned his life over to God, he was persecuted until he died. He never gave up serving the Lord, and we must do the same.
3. Why Don’t You Have the Faith?
Reference verses 40-41. Jesus asked the disciples why they were afraid. They were still lacking the faith needed to endure that storm. Trust in the Lord with all your heart nd lean not on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). You cannot expect to get the peace you need within your storm if you keep depending on yourself. You will not understand why you are going through whatever you’re going through until GOD brings you out of it. Those disciples had no faith when a little faith (the size of a mustard seed) can move mountains. DO NOT LET YOUR LACK OF FAITH KEEP YOU TRAPPED! God might not bring you out of situations until you get the lesson you need from them. Oh, but when He does bring you out, what a glorious time!
4. Wait on the Lord
Take this time to reflect on what your problems or storms may be. We are impatient people. We always want God to do what we want and FAST! God doesn’t need us to tell Him when to give us our breakthrough. He sure doesn’t operate on our time, and He knows what’s best for us. My brother or sister in Christ, why don’t you wait on the Lord? They that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength! (Isaiah 40:31)I know it might be hurricane season in your life. I know you might be wondering when God will get you through this time. I know you may see others around you being happy and living, but you’re living, too. I guarantee you their lives are not full of sunshine and rainbows. God is good to us, and we have to find joy in our situations and struggles. Be patient my friend, and let God do His thing in your life.
There’s a blessing in the storm! Just wait on it! When you receive that blessing, do not forget where God has brought you from or what He has brought you through! Be blessed!