Calming the Storm
Daily Bible Reading – Job 20; Mark 3,4
Today’s Key Passage – Mark 4:35-41
Most of the disciples were fishermen by trade before following Jesus. They were used to sailing in the Sea of Galilee and that is where we find them in today’s key passage. They had no doubt encountered storms before, but while sailing to the other side of the Sea in our passage a storm hit that caused them to panic. (4:37) In their time of stress, they believed their boat would capsize and that they would all drown. (4:38) As the storm raged against them, Jesus lay sleeping in the stern of the boat, and when the disciples woke Him, He immediately calmed the storm with three simple words – “Quiet! Be Still!” (4:39)
In our journey through life, we can be sure that storms will come. Bad events will happen to us all during the course of our lives that will test our faith. Whether it is the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, or a bill we cannot pay, there will always be storms that rage against us. In these times when the storms come and the waves are crashing against our boat, we have two choices. We can panic and believe that we will drown in the abyss of our current situation, or we can put all of our faith and trust in Jesus, regardless of our current circumstances, and ask Him to help. God is all-powerful and all knowing – he knows exactly what we need at any given time and he has the power to help us get through to the other side. Jesus not only had the power to silence the wind and the waves, he can also silence every other “storm” that pops up for us along the way. In our times of greatest panic, we can rest in knowing that Jesus is not worried. Even when we believe we will drown, Jesus is resting peacefully knowing that He has everything under control. Have faith in Him to help you, and trust that He will show up in your time of greatest need and tell the storm, “Quiet! Be Still!”
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Posted on October 29, 2013, in 02 - Mark and tagged Bible, Christian, Conflict, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, Faith, God, God's Character, Jesus, Perseverance, Religion, Trust. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.