Summary: Teaches the importance in completely trusting in Christ as the calmer of all storms in our lives. Yet we must not be afraid and have no doubt. Knowing that he is the Great I Am.
“The Perfect Storm”
Mark 4:35-41 (KJV)
And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. 36 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. 37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. 38 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? 39 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. 40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith? 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
Allow me to expound on the history of this specific book in the bible the Book titled Mark. The writer of this book name is John Mark. John was his Jewish name and Mark is a Roman name in Latin the name Mark is a derivative of Marcus which means hammer now this suited Mark because he was thought of as being a forceful and direct speaker. Understand that his complete name represents his full connection with both cultures Jewish and Roman. Now if we take the time to think back to our younger days in our lives and reference the storms we have faced. Think about some challenges we faced in the 50', 60's, 70's 80's, 90's and current times when a situation or circumstances was challenging our journey in life. Think about it the situation can be viewed as a storm raging in our lives yet we managed to overcome such a storm. It is clear that each of us have faced certain storms in our lives as we transitioned from infants to toddlers to childhood to preteen to teens to young adulthood to mature adulthood. At each of these stages we walked through storms but still found PEACE in the midst of it all. Looking at how Mark shows us a different character of our Jesus as a mighty worker where in the other gospels he is shown as a servant. This is evident in this scripture we have read where he calms a storm and amazes those around him. In this particular scripture there are 3 questions being asked which my key points in this message are.
1. Why are you Afraid?
2. Where is your Faith?
3. What manner of man is this?
Let us proceed deeper in this word is verse 37 and there arouse a great storm wind and the waves beat into the ship, so at it was now full. Which takes me to the first question why are you afraid; the disciples and others that where traveling with Jesus live and in color where afraid to perish in the storm as they traveled to the other side. For in the word of God he has not given us the spirit of fear but he has given us power. Yet many times when a storm arises in our lives we allow doubt and fear to intervene as we walk through the storm. There is an old song titled Never Walk Alone and the words go like this “When you walk through the storm hold your head up high and don't be afraid of the dark, At the end of the storm is a golden sky; And the sweet silver song of the lark. So we have to remove doubt and fear and allow the love of God to shine brightly in your life by just simply walking on. As the chorus for the song states walk on through the wind, walk on through the rain for you’re never walk alone. In order to achieve removing the doubt and fear we must have faith see in the same chapter Jesus taught about having the faith the size of a mustard seed. For when we exemplify such faith is when doubts and fears pass away. For in Hebrews faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. See when our faith is stronger than our storm we can praise him anyway. For that is when he works unusual miracles on our behalf. For example have you ever had a situation arise and you allowed doubt and fear to overcome you yet when we take a moment to pray and simply allow God to answer the prayer at his timing by elevating him in our prayer is when we begin to praise him in advance. See when we just praise him no matter what is happening in our lives is when God steps in and releases your blessings. So the next time a storm rises in your life anchor your soul in Christ Jesus and when we do that is when we will have that unsurprising PEACE.