Picture this. You are on ship traveling. You recently left your family and everything you knew behind you. You have many questions flying through your head. You are nervous about what lies ahead. Nothing is for certain, other than the fact you bought into the ideas of a man named Jesus and you decided to follow Him because He promised you a better life.
Then out of nowhere a storm begins to rise. The wind picks up speed and the waves grow larger. Very quickly the water collects in the boat. You and the others become scared and worried. “Where is Jesus?” you wonder. Then to your horror, you find Him fast asleep. You become frantic. What are you going to do? The boat is starting to fill! Then out of fear, anger, and confusion you wake Jesus up and cry out to Him, “Jesus, do you not care that we are going to die?!”
This story comes from Mark 4:35-41. Be honest. This isn’t just some old story. It may be your story. You decided to become a Christian. You heard the good news about Jesus and how He provides rest and security (Matt. 11:28-20; Prov. 25:29). Yet, you sure don’t feel at rest or secure.
You are going through the storm. I don’t know what that looks like for you. Maybe that’s news of a terminal disease for you or a loved one. Maybe that’s news that you or a loved one has lost a job or is struggling to find one. Perhaps you have had struggles in your marriage or relationships.
Whatever your situation is, you feel anxious and worried. The winds are picking up speed and the waves are growing larger. Your boat is being rocked and the water is starting to pour in. You begin to wonder, “Where Is Jesus? He promised rest, peace, and security. Where is he now?”
You pray and frantically search for Him, yet it seems there is no answer. Then finally out of fear, frustration and confusion you being to ask, “Does He even care?”
In the story according to the Bible, Jesus arose and asked the disciples, “Why do you not have faith?” Then He looked out at the storm and says “Peace! Be still!” Then the storm was calm and it left those in His presence in awe of Him.
How can Jesus calm our storms? How can we find peace through Jesus in the midst of a raging storm?
Accept that Storms Will Come.
This world will never be perfect. This world was never meant to be perfect. Things happen that are very unfortunate. That is simply a fact of life. When we decide to become a Christian that doesn’t change. Jesus said in Matthew 5:45, “For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”
Have Faith that Jesus is with Us
Yes. Storms will come. That is a fact, but the difference between us and the world is we have someone lead us through it. Jesus promises us “I will never leave or forsake you” (Heb. 13:5). He is our shepherd when we pass through the valleys and storms (Psalm 23). We have the privilege to cry out to God in prayer and tell Him about our troubles. He wants to hear from us. He cares. 1 Peter 5:7 says, “casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”
We need to trust Him when He promises that “all things work together for good for those who are called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28). He can calm our storms, we just need to take a step back and be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10).
Bring Glory to God
No matter what happens in our life, we should bring glory to God. Even in the middle of a storm we need to live “in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 4:11).
People should see us leaning on Jesus in the times of our struggles. They should be able to see the faith and hope that we have in Jesus even everything seems to be crashing down. How awesome would it be if someone were to see the way we trust in Jesus in the midst of storms and it left them asking, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” (Mark 4:41).
Are you going through a tough time? If so, go to God in prayer and open up His word. Listen to the stories of Jesus. See the power and the love of God. Find peace in Him, and be still (Psalm 46:10).
by Noah Icenhour