For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
and set me high upon a rock. Psalm 27:5

After a long day of teaching, Jesus Christ boarded a ship with His disciples. Jesus said to them, "Let us cross over to the other side." (Mark 4:35) They were going across the Sea of Galilee to teach the people on the other side

In the midst of crossing over the Sea of Galilee a violent storm arose while Jesus was asleep in the stern of the boat. The waves were breaking over the boat causing it to fill with water. The disciples were alarmed and afraid. The disciples woke him and said, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” (v.38) Jesus arose and rebuked the fierce wind. Then He spoke to the sea, "Peace, be still!" And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. (v. 39)

The Lord rebukes the wind and it obeys Him, then He speaks peace to the sea and immediately it becomes calm.

Did God not care?

The Lord rebukes the wind and it obeys Him, then He speaks peace to the sea and immediately it becomes calm. 

None of us are exempt from the storms of life. When the storms arise in your life…many of us may ask the same question.."Lord, do you not care?" Like the disciples, the storms we face can bring us to a deeper knowledge of God. Who is this,” the disciples pondered, “even the wind and the waves obey him!” (v. 41). Through our trials we can learn that no storm is big enough to prevent God from accomplishing His will. They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes. (5:1). 

 

Have you ever felt this way? Like the disciples who had just heard a powerful word about allowing the Word of God to take root in your heart...then all of a sudden a storm arises...Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

I believe that it is important to prepare our minds and hearts for the inevitable trials of life.  Jesus taught many things in parables... In the parable of the sower, Jesus taught about a farmer and different types of soil. When Jesus was alone with the disciples and the others around Him,  Jesus breaks the parable down to them just before they are about to cross over to the other side.  Mark Chapter 4 verses 10-20  What an awesome teaching moment. What's important to understand from these verse is the condition of our hearts because satan comes immediately to take away the word that is sown.

Have you ever been in a stormy situation in which it seemed as if the devil was attempting to stir up everything in your life: strife, contention, hurt and wounds, anger, fear—the works? 

This experience made me think of the storms I’ve gone through in my own life. At times, I’ve felt as though I’m standing in the middle of an emotional downpour, when the hurt felt constant and all-consuming. caught-in-the-storm

What I've learned is that during the midst of the storms we can speak peace. (Mark 4:39) This verse tells us that in the midst of a great windstorm, Jesus “arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace be still.” At times we can feel the spiritual storms beginning to blow around us. Tempers flare, fingers point, and confusion and hurt try to overwhelm us. 

Thankfully, these storms don’t represent the end of our story. God knew we would experience times of disappointment, betrayal, grief and heartache. He knew we would become overwhelmed by the clouds and the rain, losing sight of an escape from the storm brewing around us. 

Peace is not just the absence of a storm, but rest in the middle of the storm.  Psalm 107:28-30 says, "Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven."  storms

By meditating on the words found in the Bible and speaking to the storm, we can come in from the rain, finding peace and safety even when the storms swirl outside.

While we may not understand why God allows trials to enter our lives, we thank Him that through them we can come to know who He is. Knowing that He will never leave us nor forsake us in the midst of a storm. In Hebrews 13:5, God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."

"Peace be still!" 

Published by Dr. A. Francine Green