“That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be Still!” then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” Mark 4:35-41 NIV
Have you ever felt like the disciples before, being caught in a storm and didn’t know what to do? The storm came upon the boat fast and furious, filling the boat with water. The disciples’ fears of sinking and drowning were soon going to become a reality if something didn’t happen to change their situation. The disciples then wake Jesus to ask ‘Don’t you care?’ Jesus responded not to the disciples but to the storm itself and says only three words, ‘Quiet, Be Still!’
It wasn’t until the disciples turned to Jesus, that their situation was changed. They could have lingered in the ‘what ifs’ or the sinking of their boat, but that would have never changed their situation and put the trust in themselves. It wasn’t until they turned to rely on Jesus and asked Him for help, that the storm was calmed.
Jesus then asks the disciples, “Why are you afraid? Do you not have faith?” Jesus is basically saying, ‘you silly disciples, haven’t I taught you anything?’ ‘I am right here with you in the same boat you are, why do you fear the storm? Why are you putting your faith in what you see?’ Up until this point Jesus had already performed many miracles, such as His disciples catching a large amount of fish (Luke 5:3-10), to healing many such as a leper (Luke 5:12-15), a paralyzed man (Luke 5:18-26) and raised a widow’s son from the dead! (Luke 7:11-17). Jesus is saying, ‘Hello! What else do I have to do to prove my abilities to you? I can make all things possible!’ Jesus was trying to teach the disciples, stop relying on your circumstances in which you see and start relying on and depending in Him!
There is Victory when you put our faith in what God can do.
Maybe you have been there before, in a middle of a storm and all you see is your circumstances bringing you down. Oh, how I have been there many times before, where all I have seen is a hopeless situation. It is in those hopeless moments, God uses them to display his divine intervention. God doesn’t want us to put our hope and trust in ourselves, He wants us to put our hope and trust in Him. We will never know the abilities of God if we don’t let him handle our storms.
If Jesus can quiet a storm by merely saying three words, imagine what he can do in your situation if you just ask Him?
Nothing is impossible for God. He is capable of all things.
Even if we can’t see how it is all going to turn out, it doesn’t matter. God knows and sees the bigger plan. Putting our faith in God’s abilities will always lead to a victorious life in Him.
Where do you find your hope in your storms?
Do you allow God to handle your situation or do you try to handle things on your own?
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