Sunday, May 14, 2017

Calming the Storm

Jesus was on the Sea of Galilee with His disciples when a fierce storm hit. Waves were crashing over the side and the boat was filling up with water as Jesus slept in the stern (Mark 4:35-41). The disciples panicked because the ship would soon go under. Jesus was in the stern, the lowest place in the boat and the first to fill up with water. He’s covered with water—but He’s sleeping!

This is the only incident in the Bible where it specifically states Jesus is sleeping. The disciples are screaming in fear but Jesus is at perfect peace. The disciples woke Him up yelling, “Don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” From their viewpoint, it looked like God wasn’t in control and didn’t care about them. But this was a laboratory experiment to teach His disciples—and us—that He’s in control, even when our world is falling apart.

If they hadn’t awoken Jesus, He would have slept through the entire storm. I can’t imagine Jesus waking up and saying, “Whoa! I had no idea this storm was about to sink the boat. Why didn’t you wake me up sooner?” Jesus could sleep because He knew His Father was in control even when He wasn’t awake.

Jesus commanded the winds to be still and the sea became perfectly calm (Mark 4:39), which proved He was in control of the storm. The disciples were amazed He could actually calm the storm simply by speaking words. And He can calm you as well. He says to your heart, “Peace, be still. Do not be troubled. Don’t be afraid.” Listen carefully, and you’ll hear Him whispering those words to your heart.

You’ll never be able to sleep through the storm like Jesus did until you first rest in the fact God is in control. God is still with you, even if He appears to be sleeping and unconcerned. If the Lord doesn’t calm the storm you’re going through, He will keep you calm as you go through the storm. Either way removes fear and brings peace.
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