Trusting God in the Tempest


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Mark 4:36-41

“And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship.  And there were also with him other little ships.  And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.  And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?  And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still.  And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful?  how is it that ye have no faith?  And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, “What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

The disciples saw the power of Jesus to calm the tempest with merely His words.  Jesus was incredulous at the fear and lack of faith the disciples exhibited.  Our tumultuous world mirrors the tempest that the disciples faced that day on the Sea of Galilee.  In our world today, there are murders, terrorist attacks, physical hardships, and so much more that we face on a seemingly daily basis.  I was asked once during a gospel conversation with an elderly lady why the world is in such turmoil.  That question was a “door of utterance” as Paul speaks of for me to share with an unsaved lady that God is in control and desires to bring us peace.  This world we live in is a scary place for the unsaved who have no peace.  However, how does a Christian reconcile a world full of turmoil with the peace God desires to give us?  I have come to realize that our peace, joy, and comfort in this life can only come from trusting our Savior!  There is no political candidate nor perfect circumstance that is able to bring us true peace, joy and comfort.  Those things can only be found through faith in Christ.  I read the following statement recently: “There is more safety with Christ in the tempest than without Christ in the calmest waters.”  Today’s world has provided a seeming tempest on every side, but we do not have to fear if we are in the perfect will of God!  Instead of being full of fear, we must go the lost people around us with the answer to their turmoil.  The circumstances of our world today should give us much more to discuss than the upcoming election or the current international tragedy.  There is so much more to share with people who do not know the God who can control our tempest!  Christ calmed the wind and the waves with His words.  We can and must trust Him to take care of us through the tempest!

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