In the book of Mark we read about a terrible storm. The disciples were with Jesus on a boat crossing the Sea of Galilee.
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?
1. Were they afraid for their lives?
2. Weren’t they obeying Jesus who told them to “let us cross over to the other side.”? Mark 4:35
3. Why, then, were they going through such a turbulent time?
Not a one of us are exempt from the storms of life. Just as the disciples who initially feared the storm later came to respect Christ more, so the storms we face can bring us to a deeper knowledge of God.
Just as the disciples, you and I may ask:
And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
I Peter 1:6-7
6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
Through our individual trials, we can learn that no storm is big enough to prevent God from accomplishing His will.
While we may not always understand why God allows trials to enter our lives, we can thank Him that through them we can come to know who He is. You and I live to serve Him because He has preserved our lives.
Heavenly Father, I know I don’t need to fear the storms of life around me, Help me to be calm because I stand secure in You. Amen
The storms of life prove the strength of our anchor.