“Sometimes he calms the storm, other times he calms his child.”
3 Things We Learn From Storms
Sometimes we get we stuck in a storm. There are two, pretty famous, stories in Jesus’ life where he calms a storm. Mark 4:35-41and Mark 6:45-52 are almost identical. in both instances his disciples are stranded, alone in a storm on the sea. In both instances it is not clear if Jesus is aware or even cares. in both instances Jesus, miraculously, calms the storms and deals with the disciples fears and faith issues.
Here are 3 things that I observe from these two stories:
I. What do we know about the storm.
A. God is aware and does care – even though it seems as if he doesn’t.
- Nahum 1:3 “The way of the Lord is in the whirlwind and in the storm.”
- Cowper: “God moves in a mysterious way / His wonders to perform; He plants His footsteps in the sea, / and rides upon the storm.”
B. God cares less about the storm than he does about you.
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?” Mark 4:38
- Robert Capon “Most of us think that when we are in danger, it’s like being stranded in a car during a fierce Minnesota snowstorm. We pray an urgent prayer, and then Jesus arrives in a heavenly tow truck. He serves us hot cocoa and donuts, and tows us to safety. In truth, when we pray that urgent prayer, Jesus climbs into our disabled car and sits with us until the storm passes.” The Parables of the Kingdom
- Scott Krippayne: Sometimes He calms the storm With a whispered peace be still / He can settle any sea But it doesn’t mean He will / Sometimes He holds us close, And lets the wind and waves go wild / Sometimes He calms the storm, And other times He calms His child
II. What do we do in the storm.
A. Keep rowing, or “Keep Calm and Carry On.”
- “Keep Calm and Carry On” was a motivational poster produced by the British government in 1939 in preparation for the Second World War. The poster was intended to raise the morale of the British public, threatened with widely predicted mass air attacks on major cities. Although 2.45 million copies were printed, the poster was hardly ever publicly displayed and was little known until a copy was rediscovered in 2000. -Wiki
B. Have faith.
Jesus said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” Mark 4:40
- Charles Spurgeon “But, perhaps, the only way in which most men get their faith increased is by great trouble. We don’t grow strong in faith on sunshiny days. It is only in strong weather that a man gets faith.”
III. What can we learn from the storm.
A. We can learn a lot about ourselves
- Our greatest problems are within us, not around us. It was their unbelief that caused their fear, and their fear made them question whether Jesus really cared. We must beware of “an evil heart of unbelief” (Heb. 3:12). Weirsbe
- Martin Luther was once asked, “Where will you be, Brother Martin, when church, state, princes and people turn against you?” Brother Martin answered: “Why, then as now, in the hands of Almighty God.”
B. We are reminded how awesome and good God is
“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?” Mark 4:41
- “In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.” (Ps. 4:8).
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