I think most of us really struggle admitting weakness. We dislike being in need and for the circumstances of our life to be out of our control. We despair in being helpless. But that's where most of us find ourselves right now. We are living in the midst of circumstances that are beyond our control. Few of us know what tomorrow will be like; let alone next week. We are helpless to answer the questions of our children.
Each and every one of us are facing unique challenges and trials that are in stark contrast to what our lives were like a few weeks ago.
As you face the storms in your life this week, I want us to pause and consider the short account of when Jesus' disciples faced a real, physical storm as they sought to faithfully follow Him. As you read it, notice the weakness and the fragility of the disciple's faith.
35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
I love how the truth of Scripture captures the weakness and fragility of the disciple's faith! They are so much like each of us! And yet God could not be more different!
Let's look at a few simple truths about Jesus from this passage that can encourage us:
1. Jesus knew a storm was coming. Jesus is God! He knew that a storm was coming and that a storm was going to hit them while they were out on the water. And yet, he led His disciples out into the water that night.
2. Jesus was not afraid of the storm. Even knowing that the storm was coming, Jesus was asleep! Even when the storm hits the boat, Jesus is still asleep! And while the disciples felt like they were perishing (v. 38); he was not afraid because He knew He was in complete control.
3. Jesus had power over the storm. God spoke creation into existence in Genesis 1, Here, Jesus speaks "Peace! Be still" and the winds ceased! What powerful words those are!
Today, you may feel like you are perishing! One minute you may be putting one foot in front of the other and the next you may be just completely overwhelmed unsure of what to do.
This week, as you go through the emotional, physical, and spiritual ups and downs; remember these very simple, but foundational truths about our current circumstances.
1. Jesus knew this was coming. He was not surprised by this pandemic. He is not scrambling trying to figure out how to respond. He knows exactly how this is all going to end.
2. Jesus is not afraid of this pandemic. God is using this pandemic to bring our lives to a screeching halt so that every one of us can draw near to Him. In the midst of the darkness and the storm, He is a beacon of light and hope calling people to trust Him.
3. Jesus has power over this crisis. Scripture reminds us over and over that God is our refuge and our rock. He is our shield! And He is an ever-present help in trouble. The Creator of the universe who spoke creation into existence, is speaking those same words to us today, "Peace! Be still"
The idea of being still is one of letting go. It is one of relaxing. Of ceasing. Most of us face the trials in our lives by trying harder and doing more. And yet the most important thing we can do is be still and know that He is God!
This week, know that the staff at Mount Calvary is here for you. We want to encourage you, pray with you, and to walk alongside you!
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