Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Storm Question

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

I think most of us have asked it. I call it the “Storm Question.” I’ll get to it in a moment, but first the biblical story.

The winds howled. The storm raged. It was so furious, even those seasoned fishermen thought it was the end — they’re going down. Someone on the boat didn’t notice the storm because He was taking a nap, Jesus. In sheer panic, the disciples woke Him up and asked the Storm Question, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

There it is, the Storm Question. Don’t you care? We ask it in our storms. Don’t You care that I lost my job? Don’t you care that my marriage is a mess? Don’t you care that my wife has cancer? Don’t you care that my grandson died so young? Don’t you care that I’m sick? Don’t you care that I didn’t get into the college I wanted? Don’t you care, Jesus?

Maybe you expect Him to pat you on the back and say, “There, there. It’ll be OK.” But Jesus gets right to the heart of it. He answers our Storm Question with His own question, “Why are you afraid? Do you have no faith?” 

It appears we have two options when we are in the middle of our storms: 

Fear - convincing ourselves that our storm is hopeless and that Jesus doesn’t care.


Faith - knowing that He has the power to calm our storm, or to calm us while we are in a storm.

Easier said than done, true. But those are the choices — fear or faith. Easy answer. Hard to apply. 

We are prone to react as the disciples did in their storm. Let’s face it, it’s easier to talk about faith, but to live in fear. However, there is a peace that only Jesus gives [John 14.27]. Trust Him and live in it. He speaks to the winds and waves in your life, “Peace, be still.” [Mark 4.39].

He said to His disciples, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith? Mark 4.40

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