“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” – Psalm 46:10
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 with us and 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 – The humanity of Christ suggested that he needed his physical rest, but he was fully aware of the disciples’ concern. The moment one of them 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 an 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. God is with us at the beginning of our journey and at the end. He doesn’t promise us that there will always be smooth sailing, but he provides 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 the spiritual ship. He will guide and direct you to a safer passage.