If there is one thing we can count on in this life….storms will come. Some of you are in a storm right now, and you’re struggling to see any good that will come from it (I’ve been there but Jesus is faithful!).
Sometimes it’s a financial storm, it can be a health issue like finding out you or a loved one has cancer, maybe you’re marriage is struggling, or maybe you have a child that has gone wayward.
Hear me when I say this, WE ALL HAVE STORMS. Mark 4:35-41 shows us a storm the disciples were facing with Jesus.
Later that day, after it grew dark, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross over to the other side of the lake.” After they had sent the crowd away, they shoved off from shore with him, as he had been teaching from the boat, and there were other boats that sailed with them. Suddenly, as they were crossing the lake, a ferocious tempest arose, with violent winds and waves that were crashing into the boat until it was all but swamped. But Jesus was calmly sleeping in the stern, resting on a cushion. So they shook him awake, saying, “Teacher, don’t you even care that we are all about to die!” Fully awake, he rebuked the storm and shouted to the sea, “Hush! Calm down!” All at once the wind stopped howling, and the water became perfectly calm.
Then he turned to his disciples and said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Haven’t you learned to trust yet?” But they were overwhelmed with fear and awe and said to one another, “Who is this man who has such authority that even the wind and waves obey him?”
Here are 5 things we can learn about storms from this passage of scripture.
1. Storms are inevitable. Ladies, we all have them!
2. Storms are unpredictable. We never know when they’re coming, but if we are breathing, we are going to go through storms in this life.
3. Storms are impartial. It rains on the just and the unjust (Matthew 5:45).
4. Storms build our strength. I don’t know about you, but I’m stronger because of the storms I have been through.
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. Romans 5:3-5
5. We need to be in the boat with Jesus. The passage in Mark reminds us when we go through storms we need to cling to Jesus. He is our only HOPE!
I’m so thankful Jesus uses broken people and I can face whatever today holds with confidence.