Storms of Life Series – Part 3
The Pressure of the Storm (Mark 4:37)
Mark 4:37, “And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.”
The Bible says that the ship was now full of water. It looked as if it was going under any moment. Sometimes the storms of life can come so suddenly and can be so severe that the strongest of people are afraid they are going under, afraid they are not going to survive. This must have been a violent storm because some of these men were fishermen and used to storms at sea. The presence of Christ on board does not guarantee a smooth passage. On the contrary, the enemy will do his best to stir up a storm.
It’s a wonderful thing when Jesus calms a storm at sea. But it’s also a wonderful thing when Jesus calms a storm in a human heart. So this particular miracle is an illustration of life. Here is a picture of life as a voyage on a sea, along with the storms that come up unexpectedly in your life and mine. Probably some of us could say, “Yes, that is exactly my situation today. I’m going through a storm. My life’s ship is being tossed to and fro by waves of adversity. I’m in a storm just like Jesus and the disciples were in on the sea of Galilee.” Because of that, this passage of Scripture applies convincingly to your life and mine. Its lessons can be a blessing to us. The Lord sends storms in our lives to help us not hurt us.
Here’s a storm of suffering. Here’s a hurricane of heartache. Here’s a tempest of turmoil. Here’s a squall of sorrow. Oh, the suffering that can come into a life. Do you sometimes say, “I get rid of one ailment and here comes another”? Sometimes storms of sorrow come into our lives. Remember, “Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.” Believers are not exempt from sickness, poverty, natural disasters, bereavement, death, and various ills of life.
“And there arose a great storm of wind…” Are you in a storm today? A financial storm? A health storm? A relational storm? Whatever the storm your in, storms make us anxious. First of all, notice that this storm came up suddenly, as was common on the sea of Galilee. The sea of Galilee was located down between hills, in a kind of basin surrounded by hills. Through those hills were ravines, which made it possible for the wind to sweep down into the sea. From time to time cold air would use those ravines like a funnel. Cold air sweeping down onto the sea of Galilee and hot air rising from the sea would collide and cause a violent storm. The storm would just fall out of the thunder clouds. It could be perfectly calm one moment and the next moment people would find themselves in a furious gale with waves threatening the stability of the ship. That’s the way life is, Things will be just as calm as they can be, and then all of a sudden you are in an emergency, right in the midst of a storm. We never know what a twenty-four day is going to bring, do we? Twenty-four hours can change the course of a life.
PRAYER: Lord, I know that trials are a part of life and that You allow me to go through them to make me better. During those times I resolve to lean upon You, to trust You to carry me through, In Jesus name, AMEN!
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