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Jesus and His disciples faced storms and one of those is found in Mark 4:37-41. It was a real storm and the disciples were in a little ship out on the Sea of Galilee. Jesus was asleep in the ship when the storm hit, and in this passage of Scripture there are several questions that are asked. They are the kind of questions that each of us might have anytime a storm comes.
Question One, I call a question of faithfulness. When the storm came, the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Master, carest thou not that we perish?” (Mark 4:38) Sometimes in the storms of life we are quick to think, maybe even ask, does God really care? Does anybody care? We know in the depths of our hearts that God’s concern for us and care for us is not just to be measured in a moment of time when the winds are blowing or when we lose some physical possession or even a life is taken. Our God’s concern for us reaches into every need and every dilemma that we may have. Storms do not change His faithfulness and His care for us. Note the word in Mark 4:38, “Carest thou not that we perish?” Do you care? They were anxious and upset and their question comes more as an accusation than a desire to know of His compassion. But we, like those disciples, often experience that moment when everything is out of control and we wonder does God care about me now? Absolutely, He does.
Question Two is a question of fearfulness. In verse 40 of that chapter Jesus asked the disciples, “Why are ye so fearful?” Jesus was not mad at the disciples, but He was leading them to analyze what’s going on in their hearts and lives when troubles come. Anyone who has ever been in a storm, anyone who has ever heard the sound of a tornado or sat in the uncertainty during a hurricane, knows that there are moments that you are overwhelmed with the power and the awesomeness of a storm and it is frightening. The sounds and the sights of a storm can be terrifying, but Jesus was reaching further into their hearts than just the fear that might grab you for a moment. He brings them to understand that He is greater than any of the terrors that will come against us.
The third question is a question of hopelessness. Jesus goes on in verse 40 and says, “How is it that ye have no faith?” Well, for the disciples, they were in a little boat in a big storm. If it goes down, what in the world are they going to do? But here is the wonderful truth that in the Lord the future is always hopeful. Things not going well in your life or your family or your church or your business? Jesus understands where we are and He knows that He can meet the need in the life of those disciples and in our lives. There is hope. There’s not a point ever when we ought to stop trusting God. Trust Him and don’t lose hope when the elements aren’t like you think they ought to be, or the stuff that you see doesn’t make sense. Trust the Lord.
The fourth question that is asked in this storm in verse 41 is a question of limitlessness. The disciples looked at each other and said, “What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” (Mark 4:41) Great question. Who is this? This is the wonderful Jesus who is our powerful Savior. Powerful to handle storms and their aftermath. Powerful to reach beyond anything that would come against us. He has no limits. Whatever comes that may seem to be great, He is greater. He is our wonderful, present Savior. Right here, right now. There are no boundaries; there are no barriers with Him. We face the storms and their aftermath with our unshakeable, ever-present, always caring about us Savior, our Lord Jesus. Our Savior is with us before the storms arrive. He is with us in the midst of the chaos of the storms. He is with us in the healing and helping and restoring after the storms and if we were to come to the end of life in the storm, He is still with us.
So what do we do as storms come our way? One thing for sure, we can and do pray. We pray for ourselves. We pray for those who are going through storms. We pray for those who may be responding to the needs in storms. We pray for those who are seeking help beyond the ravage of a storm, but we also can be helpful. We can be caregivers. We can give of our time, energy and resources as many of you know because you have seen it and others of you have participated in Mississippi Baptist Disaster Relief. Mississippi Baptist Disaster Relief units have been all across the state ready to comfort or help to carry the burden of putting life together after the storms have passed. In some cases what is built in a lifetime has been destroyed in just a matter of minutes, and it will take more than a day or a week or a year to put back together. Brothers and sisters in Christ want to help one another and that help is at hand. Everyone can give something. If you are interested in sending a financial donation to help with disaster relief efforts, you may do that on-line at www.mbcb.org/giving or by sending a check made payable to Mississippi Baptist Convention Board, with “Miss. Disaster Relief” noted on the memo line. The address to mail donations is Mississippi Baptist Convention Board, P. O. Box 530, Jackson, MS 39205-0530.
The questions asked in storms? Certainly there are many, but we will look to the Lord and day by day find the answers of putting life back together and facing a new day and following the Lord as He guides us step by step.