The other night I was in the book of Mark and came across Mark 4:15-41, the story of Jesus calming the storm. Some of these men on the boat with him were experienced fishermen. I can only assume they’ve encountered storms in the past, but this storm had them scared, scared to the point of fearing for their lives. Imagine that. For a seasoned fisherman to be this fearful, there must of been a lot noise, crashing of the waves and who knows, maybe even some crazy thunder. Their boat must have been rocking all over the place, and in the midst of this storm what is Jesus doing? He’s sleeping. The disciples find him in the stern, sound asleep on a cushion. In fear for their lives, the Disciples woke Jesus up asking, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
In Mark 4:39-41 it says this:
39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
So during this storm, Jesus was there, but the storm was carrying on. However, when in fear the disciples came to him and Jesus was quick to take action, rebuking the winds and calming the sea. The calming of the waters did not happen until the disciples brought their concerns to Jesus. In a commentary I found, the author referenced an old testament verse 121:3 which says, “He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber.” And that he did not!
Just as in the story of the storm then, when trials come, call out to Jesus and he will hear you cry. He will be with you through the storm. On the boat that day, He did not continue sleeping at the cry of his disciples, and he will also be with you when you call his name.
Always have faith in him during the storms in this life, and there will come settling point. But know that another storm will be coming. So be ready. Although none of us particularly like “storms”, it does provide an opportunity grow in our faith and relationship with him. But you must stay prepared so your faith and relationship can grow. Continue praying and trust in the one who calms the sea. Press forward in all trials following his example. Jesus lived and walked on this earth being the perfect example for us to live by. Whether you read the Gospels once, twice or dozens of times – these are the books I personally always end back up in because it is Jesus who is my perfect example. When going through trials I can usually find a section throughout the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) that help me continue on with clarity through various challenges that are thrown my way. It starts with a prayer and then taking the time to get into the word, and finally obeying his greatest commandments [hover to read]. The Bible has the answer through every challenge that we face. I’m going to end on thanking God for sending his Son who testified to the Truth, who is my perfect example, and for going through all that he went through for the forgiveness of my sins. Where would any of us be without Jesus.
Father, also, Thank you for the Bible, ancient words that have survived thousands of years which give us hope, direction and truth. A book organized by you, the one who created everything including us. A book by the one who loves us infinitely more than any person could ever. Thank you.
Words God-Breathed, for you and me.