Peace in the Storm
As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water.
Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?”
When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
Mark 4:35-40 NLT
Have you ever felt like you were following Jesus and wound up in a storm of life? The disciples had to question what was going on. Jesus told them to get into the boat and cross over the lake. They were being obedient, and yet, a storm came up that looked life-threatening.
Our obedience does not ensure calm. Storms come even when we are in the will of God.
Here is another thought—Jesus was sleeping while the disciples were in panic mode. Have you ever felt like God was asleep when you were fighting the battle of your life? They did.
Then, Jesus wakes up, calms the storm, and questions the faith of the disciples. Perhaps, Jesus intentionally led the disciples into the storm because He wanted them to exercise their faith. Storms tend to reveal the depth of our faith and character. Storms will reveal where we stand with God.
Anyone can worship God when the bills are paid, our marriage is wonderful, everyone is healthy, and no one is attacking us. But can we worship when life is falling apart? Can we trust God in the storm? Can we have peace in the pain of life?
I believe that when we begin to understand that God is always with us, we can begin to develop a peace that is present even in the storms of life.
Holy Spirit, please help me see You in the midst of my storms. Help me to know You are with me. Help me to lean into Your presence in my pain.
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