Lyric: Still, call the sea to still, The rage in me to still, Every wave at Your name
Scripture: Mark 4:36-41
And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 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?” 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. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” 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?”
Who was Jesus? Was He just a man with some special connection to God or was He both God and man? Our answer to that question will oftentimes determine our response to the storms in our lives. From our reading today we can see that even though the disciples daily walked with Jesus and witness on numerous occasions the incredible miracles that He would perform, there was still something in them that prevented them from believing who Jesus was and what He was truly capable of. Was it doubt? Was it a lack of the Spirit of God in their lives? Was it a limited human-sized perspective? Untapped faith? More than likely it was a combination of all these things and more. We know that whatever it was inside of them impacted their faith to truly believe that Jesus could calm the storm.
In our day and age with all of our super-hero movies and cinematic spectacles we may be desensitized to the fantastic event that this truly was. Imagine yourself right now sitting in the middle of a deadly storm, where your life is in danger and a friend of yours stands up and talks to the storm and the storm just stops. I think every one of the us would be freaked out a bit, even if we had seen our friend perform some miracles before that. Stopping a storm seems like a different kind of power. A power that only God could possess. A limitless power. Christ being the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15) had that power available to Him. More so, at times He can and will make that power available to those who believe in Him and call on His name. For us, who place our faith in Jesus to help us in the storms of life, this could look a number of different ways. God could completely calm the storm, or He could help us endure the storm. We see all throughout scripture that the promise of God is to be present and available in the storm. We must believe that however God chooses to help us in the storm, that as God He is available and has the power to speak in the storms of our lives. When Jesus speaks, He brings a peace and stillness like nothing else can do.
- Who is Jesus to you?
- How does what you believe to be true of Jesus and His power influence how you respond during the storms of your life?
- What is a common response you have when storms come in your life?
- What storms are you currently in where you could use the peace and stillness of Jesus?
Take some time and take those storms to God in prayer and ask for His peace and stillness.