Mark 4:39 (NIV)
The Bible Says... He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be Still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
Mark 6:51 (NIV)
The Bible Says... Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed.
Just a Dash
Over the past 2 or 3 days, Texans have been preparing themselves for some of the worst storms we’ve seen in years. Weather forecasts anticipated torrential rains, high winds, tornadoes and golf-ball sized hail over much of the state. People strapped everything from air mattresses to foam insulation on their cars to try and avoid the impending damages. I myself took a Lyft to the train station instead of driving my own car so that I could leave my car parked at home under the carport. Before heading out for work, I also made sure that I had my umbrella, rain boots and raincoat. I was making provisions so that I wouldn’t be caught in the storm unprepared.
As I was making provisions for the storm, I thought to myself:
Why don’t I take the same precautions for the spiritual storms in my life?
A Pinch More
There are two Biblical accounts of Jesus being in a storm with his disciples. On the first occasion, Jesus was in the boat sleeping and the second time, Jesus was outside of the boat, walking on water. Both storms caught the disciples off-guard and had them distressed. One of the most notable aspects of each of these occurrences is the way that Jesus responded to the storm. To calm the first storm, Jesus spoke to the storm, saying “Quiet! Be Still!” The second time the storm came, Jesus calmed the storm with only his presence. As soon as Jesus climbed into the boat, the storm ceased.
The storms that the disciples faced occurred soon after they made the decision to follow Jesus. Jesus used the first storm to strengthen the faith of his disciples and the second storm to test the faith of his disciples.
Much like the storms the disciples faced, our own storms are tests to determine:
1. If we’ll be still Mark 4:39
2. If we’ll have faith Mark 4:40
3. If we know who’s in our boat Mark 6:50
Consider a storm you may be facing right now.
What is Jesus doing? Is he speaking to it or moving towards it?
What has been your response to the storm?
What’s the difference in how you’ve been responding to your storm and how Jesus has responded?
Are you in alignment with the master of your storm?
Remember: When it comes to our storm, whether Jesus is sleeping through it or walking on it, He is master over it! If the master of our storm isn’t stressed about it, then we shouldn’t be either.
Matthew 8:23-27 Jesus speaks to the storm (v.26)
Matthew 14:22-32 Jesus walks on water (v.32)
Mark 4:35-41 Jesus asleep in the boat (v. 39)
Mark 6:45-51 Jesus walks on water (v.51)