And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 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?” And he awoke and rebuke the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm (Mark 4:36-39).
My Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you. Thank you for a Savior who calms the storms of those who call on his name. That he never abandons us in rough waters but gives us his peace and stillness. Thank you for an ever-present, ever-watchful Captain. Amen.
Our Savior, Jesus, was beat. Can you imagine a more literal example of full time ministry? Exhausted, dog-tired from being tempted by Satan and ministered to by the angels in the wilderness for forty days. His ministry begins, “Repent and believe in the gospel.” And along the Sea of Galilee he calls his disciples. ‘And immediately,’ the Bible reads, Jesus taught, ‘immediately,’ he began to heal. Right away he began to preach, to cleanse, to heal, to restore, to forgive sins. Immediately.
Who Is Jesus To Need Rest?
And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling (Mark 4:36-37).
The beloved Son of God. Savior on a mission. And then there’s you and I. Calling him. Waking him.
“Jesus, wake up, how can you sleep through this tear-down-knock-out argument my husband and I are having?”
“Jesus, wake up, how can you sleep through the rattling of my car engine when I have to get to work?”
“Jesus, wake up, how can you sleep through this government shutdown?” “Don’t you care?”
Whether we Christians go unaware of the seriousness of a situation until it’s right at our front door, Jesus is both watchful and awake to those who come to him before and during a storm. To find his rest.
Not The Last Storm
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)?”
Jesus makes no apologies for the storms of life. And wanting his presence both in and out of a storm, is to know Jesus as Captain. Not asking him for the steering wheel in calm waters, but turning it loose completely to be charted by him no matter the course. In Christ there isn’t a sinking-faith but a saving-faith.
With Or Without A Captain
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 (Mark 4:39).
Over 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, why not set sail (in life) with its Creator? We have, in this life as much need for a Savior as we do a Captain. Perhaps, we ourselves can patch up the small leaks but what about the waves that break into the boat? Jesus would have us to be settled in his rest, peace, and calm than comfortable in our own.
Resting In A Storm
He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith (Mark 4:40)?”
Whatever circumstances you and I are in, that are knee high and rising, pray, read the Bible, and trust in the name of Jesus and his ever-present supernatural abilities to immediately calm the waves, ride them out with us, or to guide us through them into an even greater faith.
Because He’s Jesus
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)?”
Because he’s Jesus, there are no storms we go through that we cannot remain in awe of our Lord. Not one. Because he’s Jesus, we can weather and rely on his outcome and not our downfall. Because he’s Jesus, we can trust in him who created the waters, he who parted the waters, he who was baptized in the water, he who walked on the water, and he who controls the waters. Glory!
So let’s go Christians, how can we rest? Because he’s JESUS.
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