If you have not read my previous post, Peace, Be Still, I would encourage you to go read that one first. This passage in Mark 4:35-41 has ministered to me greatly over the last few weeks. I’ll say it again, I’m so thankful that when my boat is about to sink, He is still in the stern! I’m thankful that the winds and the waves that seem to always threaten to wreck me, must obey the word of the Lord!
Now, let’s see if we can pull a few more things out of this passage…
1. When the World Experiences the Storm, You can be at Rest
The storm begins to rage and the disciples begin to fear for their lives. While they are freaking out, Jesus is taking a power nap! When the world around you seems to be in chaos, you can choose to remain in rest. When everyone else is frustrated, you can be in the back of the boat enjoying the breeze. I think this is important for people that interact with other people on a daily basis, so…most of you. If you get worked up over the same things that everyone else does, you are not a rest. You are not living in the superior reality that we talked about in the first post. If you are stressed about the same meaningless things that your co-workers are stressed out about, you are not living in the rest that is available to you. I believe that one of the greatest testimonies to the world that you can offer is you being at rest. When you are at work, people should be asking you, “How is it that you are not always stressed?”, “How are you not upset about this?” We have received a gospel that offers Divine solutions to carnal problems. If you are stuck in the same mud that everyone else is stuck in, do you really have anything to offer them?
I mentioned previously that Jesus was living in a superior reality. The Bible says in Philippians 3:20 that our citizenship is in heaven. That means that we operate under heaven’s government, heaven’s economy, and heaven’s rule book. That is the superior reality that is available to you, by the blood of Jesus! The Bible in also teaches in Philippians 4 that we are to set our minds on things that are lovely and pure. If you are constantly frustrated with the same things that the lost people around you are frustrated about, you are not thinking about the right things. Paul teaches in Colossians 3 that we are to set our mind on things above, where Christ is sitting, not on things of the earth. Why are things of the earth still bothering you so much? Come up here! Go to sleep!
“And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest awhile.” – Mark 6:31
2. True Rest is Found in the Secret Place
You may be thinking, how do I get to this rest? I’m glad you asked. Rest can only be sustained through consistent time alone with God. Jesus tells His disciples to find a deserted place where they can be alone with Him and rest awhile. I have often said, if you are focused on one thing, other things lose their authority in your life. If you are truly setting your mind on the lovely things above, you wont be distracted anymore by all of the meaningless things that are frustrating you. You want rest? Set your mind on the One who sleeps during storms!
3. Jesus still had to be in the Storm
I understand that bad things do happen. Some of you are truly trying to do the things that I am talking about and you are still struggling. Some of you may be going through real turmoil in your life. Maybe you have lost your job or lost a loved one. Maybe you are dealing with sickness in your body. It’s important to remember that Jesus still had to experience the same storm as the disciples, He just didn’t allow the storm to affect Him the way it was affecting everyone else. You have a choice to make concerning how you are going to respond to your storms. Bad days are inevitable, but how you respond to them is up to you.
“We owe the world an encounter with God” – Bill Johnson
4. People Need you to Cancel Your Storm
If you continue reading in Mark 5, you will find that on the other side of their stormy sea is a man that desperately needs an encounter with Jesus. If Jesus is not able to cancel the storm going on around Him, He is not going to be able to heal the man on the other side of the sea. There are people around you that need you to be able to help them with their own storm, but you are not going to have authority over their storm until you deal with the storm in your own life. There is a hurting and sin-filled world that desperately needs to encounter Jesus. You are the boat. You are the vehicle that is taking Jesus to the other side of the sea but if you cannot find it within yourself to deal with the storm threatening to destroy you, you are never going to reach the people that God has called you to reach.