March 7, 2022

What To Do In A Severe Storm

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A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.  Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion.  The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” Mark 4:37-38

Jesus got into a boat with His disciples to cross the Sea of Galilee, a journey of about six miles.  Tired, Jesus went right to sleep. The Bible says, “A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.  Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion.  The disciples woke him and said to him, ‘Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?’  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 4:37-39).

If the Bible book of Matthew records events chronologically, these men were no strangers to Jesus’ power.  They were with Jesus when He turned water to wine.  They had seen Him instantly restore a woman with a high fever to full health and heal a man with leprosy.

This time their lives were at risk, and they cried out, “Teacher, don’t you care?”

The storm you’re in today may be just as severe and you may wonder if God cares. In those storms, we also forget who God is, what He is like and what He’s done. The God of the Bible isn’t asleep or indifferent.  “For since the world began, no ear has heard and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him! (Isaiah 64:4). Storm raging in your life today?  “Call on me…,” He says, “and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory” (Psalm 50:15).

 

Resource reading: Mark 4:35-41