I'm reading through the Gospels right now, and even though I am familiar with most of the parables, there is always something new to discover. I encourage you to be careful that you don't just skim over the passages you think you already know. And don't skip over the "hard" parts. Ask God to give you a fresh revelation every time you read.
One of those passages that may be familiar to you is found in Mark chapter four about Jesus calming the storm. Jesus and His disciples had gotten into a boat to cross to the other side of the lake. A fierce storm came up, high waves were breaking the boat, and it began to fill with water. There are five things that really caught my attention this time that I hadn't thought of before.
Storms don't only come when we've strayed away from Jesus
The disciples were with Jesus when the storm blew up (verse 36). The disciples hadn't gone off to do their own thing; they were all in the boat together. Walking with Jesus doesn't guarantee calm seas.
What seems like a life or death emergency to us doesn't upset Jesus.
Jesus was asleep. (verse 38). It's not that He is unconcerned about our storms, it's just that isn't worried. We panic from a sense of loss of control, but Jesus is always in control.
Jesus is our storm forecaster.
The disciples questioned whether Jesus cared that they were going to drown (verse 38), but Jesus was in the same boat being rocked and battered by the waves. If the disciples were going to drown, then Jesus was going to drown too. So if Jesus isn't panicked, then we shouldn't be either.
Nature recognizes the power and authority of Jesus.
Jesus spoke to the wind and waves and suddenly the wind stopped and there was calm (verse 39). Jesus only had to say it once for the winds to obey. How many times does He have to say something to us?
Jesus has all power and authority over everything.
The disciples were absolutely terrified at seeing the storm suddenly stop, saying, "Who is this man?" Why did this scare them? They had already witnessed Jesus performing many miracles. It was okay to see people healed and the dead brought back to life, but different to see waves calmed? We've seen Jesus provide many times for us in the past, but this time we are afraid?
Are you facing a storm today?
Remember, no matter what you are going through, Jesus can calm every storm in our lives.
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