By Pastor Doug Cox
Living in Wyoming gives each of us the opportunity to experience all kinds of weather, cold, frigid cold, kinda cold, (usually with wind) and then a few beautiful days in the mix that can’t be matched anywhere. I would say our weather is predictable compared to tornado season in other parts of the country. Sudden storms, tornadoes and destructive weather can come out of nowhere just like the storms of trouble that can swirl up in our lives at times.
We can have storms in any area of life, our marriage, our finances, our personal life, relationships, emotions and the list goes on. None of us are exempt from storms, even when walking close to the Lord. When surprise storms happen, some people are good at leaning into the Lord and finding strength when the storm hits, others get mad and think He is the cause of the storm and walk away. Have you ever gone through something and wondered if the Lord really cares?
In Mark 4 we read of how the Lord made what seemed like a routine request to cross the lake. The disciples probably didn’t think much about it at the time. They all willingly got in the boat taking Jesus with them. If you read through the story you might assume it was a beautiful day because other boats were launching with them at the same time. A little later however circumstances changed. Mark 4:37 says “…a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling.” The storm was bad because the disciples thought they were going to perish. On the other hand, the storm didn’t bother Jesus. He was in the stern of the boat sleeping, so the disciples awakened Jesus and asked him a feeling and fear inspired question. Verse 38 “…Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
Isn’t that how we feel sometimes, especially when facing uncertainty? We can see the problem is big and our imaginations and emotions start to go wild. Many reason that they are doomed and for some reason assume the Lord has abandoned them and doesn’t care about them. This story gives us a good illustration that the Lord is with us in the storms. Jesus “…arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, peace, be still! And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” (verses 39-40).
I think the major thing we should take away from this story apart from the fact that Jesus has all authority is that faith in the Lord Jesus is of highest importance. Because of His sacrifice on the cross and resurrection from the dead those who receive Him as Lord can count on one thing, He is with you to the end. It is a promise. He said, “I am with you always to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20). No matter what we are going through He is with us. It may not always be that He saves every boat or calms the outward storm, but He can always calm the inner storm inside us. A marriage, a bank account and emotions may get broken. A business may fail. But their failure doesn’t have to ruin ‘you’. Go to Jesus and ask for help. Have faith that He cares. Read His word. Stay close to Him using your faith and see what He will do. You will be amazed.