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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Think About It

In The Storm

Many think that being a Christian should be without difficulty. Although I might wish that to be the case, it is not. In fact being a Christian may cause you more problems then you had before simply because where God is going to ask you to go will take you directly through a storm. Consider what happened in Mark 4. Jesus has been teaching and his ministry has been intense but as evening approached he told his disciples that they were to cross over to the other side of the lake. As instructed, his disciples got Jesus in the boat and set out for the other side of the lake. Soon however a “fierce storm” came up and the disciples became frightened that they were going to drown. They woke Jesus who rebuked the wind and quieted the waves. After everything had settled, Jesus asked his disciples, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” (Mark 4:35-41)

The story is interesting because it clearly demonstrates that even when we’re doing what God has called us to do, it may take us right through a storm. From the text, it would appear that this must have been quite a storm. Remember that Peter and others on the boat were fisherman, so they had experience on the water. Storms were not unusual, but this one must have been very large for them to be afraid of losing their lives. But Jesus didn’t say, “Cross out into the lake to drown”. His intent was to go to the other side, so the storm was only a distraction from the mission. That’s what storms do to us. They distract us from the real mission and get us focused on fury of the storm. In the rebuke of the disciples Jesus asked about their fear and faith. It would appear that he wanted them to think about the foolishness of their actions. In the end, it came down to a faith issue.

There is another thought that comes up from this passage that we should also consider. Did the disciples have the power, through faith, to speak to the storm as Jesus did? I think they did because had they focused themselves upon the mission of getting to the other side, the power of the storm would not have had the affect it did on them. When we focus on the storms, we give away our power to overcome. Think about it.



Tom Maynard said...

Amen. God bless us all.

Anonymous said...

no matter what happens, it's god's will.

bend over and take it.

Anonymous said...

No matter how bad the storm is, God will walk us through, He will never leave us nor forsake us!

Anonymous said...

Always enjoy these posts, thanks.