35 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.
36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.
37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?
39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?
41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
Friends, for the disciples, trusting Jesus in a storm was the curriculum for the day in the dramatic narrative of Mark 4:35-41. Jesus had instructed His disciples to cross to the other side of the Sea of Galilee and then He went to sleep in the boat. When a quick and violet storm blew in, the disciples dripped as much with fear and anxiety as water from the waves. They woke Jesus, saying, ” Master, carest thou not that we perish?
” v38. Jesus stood up and with three words, “PEACE BE STILL” He muzzled the storm.
you and I experience storms, persecutions, financial troubles, illnesses, disappointments, loneliness, and Jesus does not always prevent them. But He has promised never to leave us nor forsake us. He will keep us calm in our storms.
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
I will never leave thee nor forsake thee: This quotation is one of the most emphatic statements in the New Testament. In Greek it contains two double negatives, similar to saying in English, “I will never, ever, ever forsake you.” Jesus uses the same technique to express the certainty of eternal life for you and I, the believers.
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.