Stormy waters often seem to be unavoidable, don’t they? As I look at life, sometimes it feels as if I am just lost at sea, stuck on a boat, forced to be repeatedly pounded by wave after wave. I wonder if this sounds familiar to anyone else? Throughout our lives as Christians we will go through storms. Maybe things just aren’t working out for you the way that you hoped. Or maybe you are going through a serious crisis in life and feel like you are ready to jump ship. Wherever you are, I believe there is hope for you!
In Mark 4 Jesus is preaching to the multitudes from a boat that he has anchored off the shore. After preaching to the crowd, He gathers the disciples and they set sail for the opposite side of the sea. They hit a slight roadblock on the way, and by roadblock, I mean a massive windstorm that nearly took their lives. The Bible says in verse 37 that the waves “beat into the boat, so that it was already filling.” Have you ever felt like your boat was filling up a little too quickly to be comfortable? I thought so. I have good news for you! Here are a couple of points from this passage of Scripture that have ministered to me recently.
“And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow…” – Mark 4:37
- He Sleeps Through Your Storms!
The disciples are fearing for their lives and Jesus is asleep! Now don’t take this the wrong way, it wasn’t that Jesus didn’t care about them, it was just that He was confident in His ability to conquer the storm. He knew that the winds and waves obeyed Him. Maybe you are stuck in your boat called life and wave after wave seems to be beating into you, filling up your boat too fast for you to handle…I promise you, He is still in the stern! Rest in the One who sleeps through the storms!
“Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” – Mark 4:40
2. You are not a Victim!
Here is where the story takes an interesting turn. The disciples thought they were going to die a second ago, Jesus just spoke the word and a terrible storm stops immediately…I’m expecting Jesus to wrap His arms around them and tell them that everything is going to be OK. Not Jesus. He rebukes them for waking Him up! He looks them in the eye and says, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” Jesus was teaching them in this moment that they actually have something inside of them that would have allowed them to stop the storm themselves. He was basically saying, “you have seen too much by now to be fearful of a storm. You have been through too much with me to be tossed so easily by a simple storm.”
Here is the point I want to make. Jesus was able to sleep through a storm because He was living in a superior reality. The reality is that there is a storm going on that could very well take their lives. The superior reality is that there are no storms in heaven. Jesus had so much peace within Himself that He was able to ride into a storm, speak the word, and the peace that was in Him invades the chaos around Him and forces it to comply with His superior reality. How does this work? What lives on the inside of you has authority over whats going on around you. You do not have to live your life subject to everything going on around you. You don’t have to be tossed to and fro without any control anymore! When you walk into work on Monday morning, come with the peace of heaven inside of you that demands that the chaos around you starts to comply with the superior reality of the Kingdom. When you come in the name of the One who sleeps through the storm, you can say “Peace, be still!” and watch the waves cease around you.
Does this mean that bad things are never going to happen to you? Of course not! It just means that bad things don’t affect you the same way anymore. I’ll leave you with this analogy. A Thermometer can only tell you the temperature of the room. A Thermostat determines the temperature in the room. Which do you want to be?