The Storm

Note: If you’re reading the New Testament with me, read Mark 4 today.  Full disclosure, I’m personally following (trying to follow) the 5 day reading plan and just referencing the NT portions for these posts. So that’s the path we’ll take through the NT.

Before you read these next verses, get out of your super smart philosopher chair.  Ditch all the lofty insights you learned from Sunday School last week. Just read them like historical fact.

[35] On that day, when evening had come, [Jesus] said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” [36] And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. [37] And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. [38] But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” [39] And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. [40] He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” [41] And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

– Mark 4:35-41 ESV

There are a few things we can learn from this story, but I want to start by having the reaction the disciples had in vs 41.  “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” If it’s true that a man walked the earth and possessed the ability to stop a storm on the sea we want to know that man.  What power!

Jesus is doing the impossible! He tells the winds and the waves what to do and they do it!. He shouts to the raging storm, “Peace, be still.” When the world that was spoken into existence by Jesus hears his voice again, it obeys.

Two things we want to remember:

  1. With the Lord Jesus nothing is impossible. With his word he quiets our temptations. With his blood he restores our dead souls.  Jesus can calm a storm.  Jesus can calm our hearts.
  2. With the Lord Jesus we will still encounter storms. His chosen disciples were in the boat with him, and the storm was raging! But if our souls are in Christ’s care, we have no need for worry. He will carry us through every danger. He will conqueror every foe. For our good and his glory, he will both allow and calm the storms.

What though our relations oppose us? What though our neighbors laugh us to scorn? What though our place be hard? What though our temptations be great? It is all nothing, if Christ is on our side, and we are in the ship with Him. Greater is He that is for us, than all they that are against us.”

– JC Ryle

God bless

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