Are you facing a “storm of life” right now? By that I mean, are you facing some kind of crisis or unexpected tragedy? Are you losing hope?
One day, Jesus said to His disciples, “Let’s cross over to the other side of the Sea of Galilee.” So these experienced fishermen did what they had done hundreds of times. They boarded their boat and began to row together while Jesus went below deck and took a much-needed nap.
Suddenly, a severe storm came and began to dump rain on them and caused the sea to pitch. It was so bad that even these seasoned sailors began to panic. They awoke Jesus and said accusingly, “Do You not care that we are perishing?” Jesus patiently absorbed their criticism and then rebuked the storm and it stopped immediately. He also rebuked them with these words, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” (see Mark 4:35-40).
A better translation of those words says, “Why are you such timid, fearful ones?” Jesus was saying, “Boys, have you not learned anything here?” After all, what did Jesus say to them? He said, “Let’s cross over to the other side!” He did not say, “Let’s go to the middle of the Sea of Galilee and drown together!” If He had said that, they might have been justified in their collective panic.
Jesus did not promise smooth sailing, but He did promise a safe passage. I would rather be in a storm with Jesus than anywhere else without Him.
So, if you are in a storm of life, my advice to you is to remember that Jesus will “get you to the other side.” Trust Him. He will not abandon you or let you down. You have His Word on it. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).
When we are afflicted, suffering, or in trouble, God tells us what we should do: come before His presence and pray. Why? For one thing, it may just be that God will remove that problem because of our prayers. That is not to say that God will always take away our afflictions, suffering, or troubles; but sometimes He does.An Eternal Perspective
So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. —2 Corinthians 4:18 NLT“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” —Luke 2:14 NKJV
any of us have been stumped by a difficult question about our faith. It can leave us embarrassed and wanting for a solid answer. Be sure to tune in Friday for A NEW BEGINNING as Pastor Greg Laurie and Bible scholar Don Stewart address the difficult questions unbelievers ask.All Sermons by Greg Laurie