Lessons in the Storms

Lesson in the Storms

Peace is not the absence of storms. Peace is having the presence of god in the midst of you storm. Anchor to God’s promises.

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Mark 4:35-38
35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

Matthew 8:26-27
26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?”Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

Everyone will and has met storms. Changes can happen quickly and can be drastic. These changes can be a real test. Some changes can be more challenging than others. Regardless of what others think of your situation, it’s real to you. You may feel overwhelmed, unsure helpless, and hopeless. God is not surprised by your circumstances. You will get through what you are facing with God’s help.

The disciples experienced many changes and uncertain circumstances while traveling with and learning from Jesus. Once while on the sea after teaching to a large crowd as storm suddenly appeared. This storm seemed to be about to overcome them completely.

Jesus was asleep in the rear of the boat. He was in the part of the boat where the instrument for guiding the boat is placed. Jesus is in control and of our storms even when we can’t see Him working. The disciples asked Jesus how He could sleep when they were surely going to perish.

Jesus had already declared they were going over to the other side. God has already made a way and has already designed a solution to your storm. Jesus responded to the disciples by reminding them He has made the plan to go over to the other side. God will speak to us and guide us before responding to the storm.

The disciple’s faith was strengthened through this storm. They realized Jesus was in their presence and this brought them peace. When we realize we are in the presence of God, we can be assured that He has the power to control the wind and storm. There is nothing too big or too complicated for Him.

Storms reveal things about God that we didn’t know before. We learn more about God’s character through each storm. With each storm we can learn:

Our storms are real.

Faith doesn’t mean we have to act like the storm doesn’t exist. Faith is trusting God to get us to the other side. We also can’t allow storms develop into something it is not intended to be. We can begin to question if God can or will come through for us.

There are storms of faith.

What if the morale wasn’t about the waves and the winds at all? What if the storm was about teaching the disciples that there is nothing too big for God.

Storms are spiritual storms.

There is a spiritual battle going on within the heart of every person. Satan is telling you that you are going to drown while God is telling you that you are going over to the other side. God wants to settle that spiritual storm in your life.

Psalm 91:1-4
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.