by pastor david
“Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
At least 24 people -- including nine children -- were killed when a massive tornado struck an area outside Oklahoma City, on Monday afternoon May 21, 2013. The tornado was 1.3 miles wide as it moved through Moore, in the southern part of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. The estimated peak wind ranged from 200 to 210 mph -- which would make it an EF5, the most powerful category of tornadoes possible. About 2,400 homes were damaged. Some 10,000 people were directly impacted by the tornado. [i]
It is at times like these that we begin to ask a question similar to the one posed by the disciples of our Lord Jesus on that fateful night in the midst of the stormy Sea of Galilee: “Lord, don’t you care about me and what’s happening to me right now?” Most of us have felt that way, even if we did not verbalize it.
When faced with these feelings of despair and abandonment, it will be helpful to remember three important truths – Biblical truths that will enable you to face your problems head on. When you are in those precarious situations, remind yourself that...
1. The Providence of Christ Brought Me Here. (4:35)
Why would our Lord allow His followers to face such dangers and possible disaster? Remember, everything God does or allows in the life of the believer is to drive him to a greater dependence upon Him. Jesus said, “Let us go over to the other side” (4:35).
In His providence, He intended His disciples to arrive safely on the other side of Galilee. Everything that happened was part of God’s plan for His fearful followers. He was creating a greater sense of dependence upon Him.
Remember also that…
2. The Presence of Christ Accompanies Me Here. (4:36-38)
They accused the Lord of not caring about what they were facing. Why would they doubt him? After all, they had already seen Jesus conquer devils, disease, and depravity in (Mark 1:22-2:12). Now, they are faced with a storm and they are afraid. They should have known that a puff of wind on a little pond could not thwart the omnipotence of the sovereign God!
Do you know what their problem was? They were looking at the situation and not at the Savior. He was right there with them, in the same wave-tossed boat. They had their thoughts on the facts and not on faith.
Before we come down too hard on these men; perhaps we should consider our own hearts. Have there been times, when the storms were raging in your life, that you questioned God’s concern for you? You might not have said it out loud, but I am sure there have been times when your flesh has cried, “Lord, don’t you care about what is happening to me?!” We’ve all been there!
I just want you to know today that He does care! He cares more than you could ever know and He has promised to walk with you every step of the way. (Hebrews 13:5) “For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." When the Lord is in your vessel, you have an advantage. The Bible says in (Mark 4:36) that there “were also with him other little ships.” There were many boats on that sea that night, but only one contained the Lord of glory. That boat was the place to be. Amen?
Having Jesus in your vessel makes all the difference.
A third truth to keep in mind is that…
3. The Power of Christ Protects Me Here. (4:39-41)
This storm, that so terrified these men, posed no problem for the Lord Jesus. He rebuked the wind and spoke to the sea. When He did, the winds fell silent and the sea became as a sheet of glass. Just as easily as He had healed the sick and cast out the devils; He was able to control the storm.
The Lord we serve still has that same power today, (Matt. 28:18; Gen. 18:14; Eph. 3:20). Your storm is no problem for Him! He can silence it with a word, if He so desires.
He may, however, desire to allow the storm to rage. When He does this, He is well able to protect you in the midst of the storm. Just ask Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace – Daniel chapter three. Just ask Daniel in the lion’s den – Daniel chapter six.
While the disciples were fretting and fearful, what was the Lord doing? He was sleeping! Why? He knew that He was in the center of His Father’s will. He knew that He would die on a cross and not in a shipwreck. He could sleep during the storm because He trusted His Father to take care of Him. If a situation doesn’t rattle the Lord, we shouldn’t allow it to rattle us either! And, nothing rattles Him. God is in control. (Psalm 121:4) “Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.”
An old song brings all of this into sharp focus.
My boat of life sails on a troubled sea.
Ever there’s a wind in my sails.
But I have a Friend Who watches over me
When the breeze turns into a gale.
I know the Master of the wind.
I know the Maker of the rain.
He can calm the storm, make the sun shine again.
I know the Master of the wind.[ii]
[i](CNN U.S. May 22, 2013)
[ii]Recorded by The Hemphills on Together Copyright @ 1984 Heartwarming Records
Pastor David Boggs
I hope these occasional posts will encourage and challenge you as we grow in Christ together.
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