Last Sunday at New Life we had a guest speaker and his sermon was based on Mark 4: 35-41.
Mark 4:35-41 (The Message)
The Wind Ran Out of Breath
35-38 Late that day he said to them, "Let's go across to the other side." They took him in the boat as he was. Other boats came along. A huge storm came up. Waves poured into the boat, threatening to sink it. And Jesus was in the stern, head on a pillow, sleeping! They roused him, saying, "Teacher, is it nothing to you that we're going down?"
39-40 Awake now, he told the wind to pipe down and said to the sea, "Quiet! Settle down!" The wind ran out of breath; the sea became smooth as glass. Jesus reprimanded the disciples: "Why are you such cowards? Don't you have any faith at all?"
41 They were in absolute awe, staggered. "Who is this, anyway?" they asked. "Wind and sea at his beck and call!"
His points were:
1. You are in this storm by God's appointment. (Mark 4: 35)
2. You are in the storm in His presence. (Mark 4: 36-38)
3. You are in the storm for His purpose. (Mark 4: 39-41)
He pointed out that the disciples went on to move from being cowards in a storm to preaching the gospel even to in the face of certain death.
Someone who is reading this is either suffering from an illness or knows of someone who is dying. The question for each of us is this: "Which is the greater miracle, being healed or being calm even in the face of death?"
By applying Psalm 46: 1-3 to our lives we can face any storm and remain calm.
1 God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.
2 So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea.
3 Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!
Our Creator, our Savior, our Comforter promises to always be there for us. We may die but He will not leave us in the grave. In Hebrews 13: 5 Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”
If you are facing a storm in your life no matter how small or how big know this our God cares. He more than cares He wants to provide you the strength and the comfort to remain calm even in the darkest night.
I hope this has provided you with a step towards trusting God in your storms.