Summary: life changes that it is possible from day 1 Full of blessings to day 2 full of problems! It is that our life would would shift to vibrant ecstasy to a sudden depression and questions. A change may begin. Be like Jesus!
Let us be blessed by this story and be refreshed and reminded of the infallibility of the Scriptures and the lessons of life it would brings to us.
Sea of Galilee has many names, most New Testament readers recognize "the Sea of Galilee" as its common designation. It is also called the Sea of Kinnereth (Num. 34:11; Josh. 12:3), the Lake of Gennesaret (Luke 5:1), the Sea of Tiberias (John 6:1; 21:1), and sometimes simply "the lake" (John 6:16).
1- When the storm develop: (v35)
Cool air with warm air meet anytime!
“Be ready for Change”
35And the same day, when the even was come, He saith unto them, “Let us pass over unto the other side.”
The sea's location makes it subject to sudden and violent storms as the wind comes over the eastern mountains and drops suddenly onto the sea. Storms are especially likely when an east wind blows cool air over the warm air that covers the sea. The cold air (being heavier) drops as the warm air rises. In life, the cool air of blessings, favors, answers to prayers meets the rising heat of pressure, or stress, busyness, doubts, sickness, or any others that breeds a stormy day or crisis in an individual. This sudden change can produce surprisingly furious storms in a short time, as it did in Jesus' day (Matthew 8:24). Many storms develop anytime and anywhere between points A and B. Storms can arise in any transitory phase. From old to new ways there can be a storm. From place A to place B. Storms can be encountered in change, in developments... change of profession, change of course, change of job, change of partners, most of the time there will be storm. Proverbs 27:1 (“Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth”) Faith and fear take their turns while we are in this world of storms but not for long, fear will be overcome, and faith will be stronger as we weather every squalls of life.
2- What the storm suggests:
“Be ready to be Tested”
*How much have you learned from His word?
Matthew 6:34 in the Message Bible offers some great advice:
"Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”
That it is normal to have storms, earthquakes, turmoils, problems, it is but usual that life changes that it is possible from day 1 Full of blessings to day 2 full of problems! It is that our life would suddenly shift to vibrant ecstasy to a sudden depression and questions. A change may begin. Expect turbulence when you fly. Expect storm when you sail. It is not possible that when you ride a boat that there would be no big waves. Anticipate that there would be storms in every person’s life. No one who ever live will miss the Storm. Even Jesus Himself encountered such event. But He’s sleeping since He is the One that said; “Let’s Cross over the other side of the Lake” Mark 4:35 in the Amplified Bible says: “On that same day [when] evening had come, He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side [of the lake].”
Do you believe the Son of God knew what was going to happen to that boat. . .before it ever happened?
Of course He did!!
Acts 2:23 in the New Living Translation says:”But God knew what would happen, and His prearranged plan was carried out when Jesus...”
Christ was asleep in the storm, to try the faith of His disciples, and to stir them up to pray. Their faith appeared weak, and their prayers strong.
3- What the storm did: v37
Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations.
Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.
For no temptation (no trial regarded as enticing to sin), [no matter how it comes or where it leads] has overtaken you and laid hold on you that is not common to man [that is, no temptation or trial has come to you that is beyond human resistance and that is not adjusted and adapted and belonging to human experience, and such as man can bear]. But God is faithful [to His Word and to His compassionate nature], and He [can be trusted] not to let you be tempted and tried and assayed beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation He will [always] also provide the way out (the means of escape toa landing place), that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently.