Jesus Calms The Storm

In the Book of Mark, chapter 4, Jesus was in a boat on a lake with His disciples. “Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion” while a storm was brewing (verse 38).  The disciples became fearful as the wind strengthened and the waves violently crashed into the boat.  The disciples abruptly woke up Jesus from a deep sleep asking, “’Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?’” (verse 38).  “[Jesus] got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Quiet!  Be still!’  Then the wind died down and it was completely calm” (verse 39).  After Jesus calmed the storm, He turned to His disciples and asked them, “’why are you so afraid?  Do you still have no faith?’” (verse 40).  The disciples “were terrified and asked each other, ‘who is this?  Even the wind and the waves obey Him!’” (verse 41).

We can all relate to the disciples’ fear in this story. They did not understand how Jesus could sleep in the midst of the storm.  They thought Jesus had forsaken them.  This was a near death experience for the disciples.  Just like the disciples, we sometimes fear for our lives.  In the midst of the chaos and confusion, we lose all perspective on who or what’s around us.  We get caught up in the storms of life.  We react rather than respond to the situation.  We allow our emotions to override our faith.  We become fearful and uncertain about the outcome.  We beg for God to wake up and quiet the storms in our lives.

God is asking you “why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”.  Life is full of uncertainties.  The one thing that remains is God’s love for you.  He will never forsake you.  He is right beside you in the midst of life’s storms.

“We are more than conquerors through [Christ] who love[s] us” (Romans 8:37). We can conquer anything through Jesus.  He will calm the raging seas in our lives and give us His peace with just one command.

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