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The Stilling of the Storm

Mark 4.35-41
On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
Have you ever been in a storm? Perhaps you would answer by saying “yes” metaphorically, but you also might say quite realistically as well. I remember being in a storm on a lake for a friend’s bachelor party. We were fishing on what seemed to be a great day. It was sunny and there was not a cloud in the sky when all of a sudden the rumblings of a dark cloud began to appear. What was once sunny skies and a delightful time was now filled with fear and anguish as the wind and the waves began to pick up.

Although there were no 30-foot waves that day, there were plenty of whitecaps, and believe me, it was all that little pontoon boat could handle. I remember having similar fears to those of the disciples. O Lord, are we going to sink and drown? Are we going to get struck by lightning? My anxious mind was running a mile a minute.

The disciples seem to be in a similar mindset and situation as I was. The only difference between me and the disciples was the fact that the disciples had Jesus physically with them. They went and approached Jesus, woke Him up and asked Him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”

This question, I believe, is a fundamental question. It is very telling about one’s faith and trust in God. For if they truly believed that Jesus claimed to be who He said He was, then they might have been asleep down at the stern as well. But in reality they were not, and in fact, I do not know too many people outside of Jesus who would have been sleeping either.

As fallible human beings this level of trust in God is difficult for us. We say we trust God fully but often end up living our lives without truly depending upon God. We find ourselves trying to do whatever it is that we can to fix a situation in our own strength before coming to Christ and asking for His help. It seems only when the situation gets beyond us do we actually cry out to God, “O God, do you not care that we are perishing?”

I believe that is where so many find themselves today as we look at everything that is happening within our nation and our world. The storm seems to be overtaking many of us, but have we cried out to God? Have you cried out to God for Him to intervene in your situation? Ultimately the answer to the disciples’ question was an emphatic “YES, I DO CARE!” That is why Jesus awoke and calmed the storm, and ultimately Jesus cares for humanity as well. That is why He came to the earth, to let us know that He cares so much so that He was willing to stand in our place and take upon Himself the punishment of sin and death so that we would be afforded the right to become children of God. What a remarkable opportunity that has been granted to everyone who would believe and confess Jesus as Lord. Salvation is in His name. For there is no other name you can call on to be saved except Jesus Christ. I implore you today, friend, cry out to Jesus and watch Him work on your behalf and within your situation. For He truly does care; all we need to do is cry out and wait upon Him.

In Christ’s Service,
Cody Ragland
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