Storms of Life
August 10, 2008
Mark 4:35-41 (New Living Translation)
Jesus Calms the Storm
35 As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” 36 So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). 37 But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. 38 Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?”
39 When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. 40 Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
41 The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!”
The storms of life are never pleasant at the current moment. At times, I focus my eyes on the problem and become fearful. As a believer, I should never focus on the uncomfortable times in my life. Jesus is my Savior and knows everything beginning to end occuring in my life. I should always focus on Jesus during the storms of my life.
Whatever happens during my life, God is always with me even in the storms. This gives me great comfort. The person not having a personal relationship with Jesus has no hope during the storms. God allows us to experience storms so we can draw closer to Him. If my life should be taken during a storm, I know I will be immediately in the presence of Jesus for eternity.
We can allow the storms to overtake us or we can allow Jesus to overtake us. No storm in life took Jesus by surprise. He controls what occurs in our life. I rather have Jesus direct my steps than allow a storm to sterlize me into ineffectiveness.