June 22, 2020
Mark 4:39, “He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Quiet! Be still!’ Then the wind died down, and it was completely calm.”
Psalm 93:4, “Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea — the LORD on high is mighty.”
Have you ever been in a boat on the ocean? The water can be peacefully calm, a little choppy on a windy day, or so violent that you can’t get back to shore fast enough!
In Mark 4:39, Jesus and His disciples were on a boat crossing the sea after a long day. While Jesus rested, a huge windstorm arose, causing water to spill into the craft. Fearing for their lives, the disciples panicked and woke Jesus up. With three small words, He brought calm to the chaos by saying, “Quiet! Be still!”
When the storms of life hit, they’re often unexpected and unsolicited. Like the disciples, our ability to navigate and overcome them is more about God’s power than our own strength. No matter how high the waves or dark the skies, Jesus is in the boat with us! Therefore, we must place our FAITH in His ability to calm the chaos and guide us into peaceful waters.
But what about the times that Jesus allows a storm to linger? You can take comfort in knowing that He is “mightier than the thunder of great waters,” that He’s working through it for your benefit and that He’ll help you resist the flood of fear and anxiety. He is in control, so quiet your mind and be still! Choose instead to tap into the courage and peace Jesus offers. If He can calm the wind and the waves, imagine what He can do for you!
Remembering that Jesus is with you in the boat is a powerful tool in navigating storms. Take a few moments and list various ways that He’s proven faithful to you. The next time you’re afraid or anxious, let your list serve as a reminder of who He is and what He can do in your life!
Dear Lord, I know that life’s storms are inevitable. Thank You for Your power that’s available not just to survive them, but to thrive within them. Give me the faith to trust You in all situations. In Jesus’ name, Amen.