Summary: The things we say in the midst of the storm! Like the disciples fearful of dying at sea while Jesus lies asleep, we cry out, "Carest Thou Not"? Answer the question now and find strength later in the storm. Feed faith, now!
An Illogical Question: "Carest Thou Not"
(Some things make "no" sense)
[ Maaan, The Stuff I Say In A Storm]
Mark 4: 35-41
And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
Though I have been saved for over 40 years, and preaching for nearly the same, and pastoring, now, over two decades; I still must confess that, even now, some storms still are able to shake and test even the very foundations of my faith. While I wish that I (maybe like some of you) were so rooted and so strong in the faith, that no storm, though it spurned in the deepest, darkest torrents of hell, could move me. ...But I am not there, yet.
No, I am rather one with the disciples who in the midst of some of life's craziest and most brutal, relentless storms end up asking illogical questions like, "Carest Thou Not?"
These kinds of questions and statements are emotionally sincere especially in the storm, but become spiritually illogical right after, "Peace Be a Still"! So permit me some time in the calmness of the sanctuary, while me spirit is high, to logically consider the illogical question "Carest Thou Not" that is found in the text.
Argument #1: Illogical because: The Twelve Were Chosen And So Are We.
A. I Thessalonians 1:4 "We know, brothers, loved by God, that He has chosen you"
B. I Peter 1:3. "You are a chosen race...a holy nation
C. Ephesians 1: 4-6 "God chose us and predestined us to the praise of His glory...
What Matters Is "God Be Praised
Argument #2: Illogical because: Jesus Was There.
A. My Fear Distorts The Picture Because He Is Asleep. (I Get Scared.)
B. But, D'uhhh, if Jesus Ain't Worried And Is At Peace.....
After the storm, He tells me, "You were the only one clueless about Who I Am"
1. Before the sea was old enough to wave, I separated it from the dry land
Before the Wind was able to whistle and blow, I directed it
directed it to the earth's four corners with my right hand.
Before any Breaker Can Dash" it must wait my "Get Ready. Get set. Go!"
Before any Thunder can roll, it begs my permission before doing so.
Before The Lightening can flash, I must be ready to take a selfie.
And Before one raindrop falls, it asks me, and nobody elsie (sic)
2. If the demons tremble, just at the name of "Jesus", why am I fearful with Him?
Jesus Is Here. Why Fear?
C. And He said unto them, "Why Are Ye So Fearful"?
1. After every storm I ask myself that same question,
But I want to ask that question with faith while in the storm.
2. I want His presence in my life to make a difference in the storm,
not just to the storm. Let storms be forecasted over pre-casted faith.
3. I want the storm and the storm maker to know, that I know whose in
my boat. And, He's in my boat because He loves me and I love Him.
Argument #3: "Peace Be Still"
A. What Every Storm In All My Life Has Always Yielded To. I know this!!!
B. "Peace Be Still" Has Never Failed To Silence My Situation.
C. "Peace Be Still" Is God's Faithful Answer To "Carest Thou Not".
D. "Peace Be Still", my new response to my fearful faithlessness.
Blow yourself out. I am afraid no more. I'm in the boat with Jesus, a.k.a.,
"Peace Be Still".
P.S. "I'm going to be having a great day"!