Jesus SleepingMany people are caught up in the storms of life. The financial pressures on some struggling families are creating a great deal of tension. Those individuals struggling with sickness, disease, or a recent death of a loved one are coping with grief and uncertainty. The perpetual conflict among family members presents unique challenges and disappointments.

The New Living Testament has a wonderful description about the story of Jesus calming the storms as recorded for us in Mark 4. A fierce storm caused very high waves that frightened even seasoned fishermen/sailors let alone some meek disciples. “Frantically they woke Him (Jesus) up, shouting, ‘Teacher don’t you even care that we are going to drown?’ When He woke up, He rebuked the wind and said to the water, ‘Quiet down!’ Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. And He asked them, ‘Why are you so afraid? Do you still not have faith in me?’”

This story illustrates how God is in control even during the most desperate of circumstances. Although Jesus was with them, they thought He was oblivious to the severity of their situation. Jesus used this incident to teach the disciples (and us) at least three important lessons.

Jesus Is Aware of Your Situation
Christ being human needed His physical rest, but He was fully aware of the disciples’ concerns. The moment they showed concern Christ was there to deal with the problem. As believers, we can be assured that God is always with us even if we think we are alone.

Jesus Will Answer Your Call for Help
Often Christ will let us reach a point of desperation, so we will recognize our dependence upon His mercy and grace. It is when we come to the end of ourselves that we realize “He is on board” and willing to set a course that guides us to a better place.

The Presence of Jesus Assures Us that We Can Make It Through the Trial
At one time or another, we will all face disappointment, trials, hardships, and even depression. But only the child of God has the promise that His presence is with us in the midst of the storm. Our Heavenly Father is with us at the beginning of our journey and at the end. He doesn’t promise us smooth sailing, but a safe passage.

Dear Friend, whatever your struggle, whatever your plight, whatever your challenge – God is with you. Let Him take over the rudder of your life to help direct your course. He will guide and direct you to a safe passage. Fear can be harsh, but faith can be stronger!

Personal Application:
How can you apply the following verse to the concerns that are distracting you from feeling God’s peace?: “For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV)

The promises God gave to Abraham are ours to claim: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” (Genesis 15:1 NKJV)

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Jim Grassi, D. Min.