Summary: Life’s storms are pounding your soul. You feel like you are not going to make it, and you’re going under. What should a person do? How do we handle the storms that come our way? How do we survive? I want to share with you three principles from our text
When You Find Yourself In A Storm
1. There are a couple of different accounts of the disciples of Jesus encountering really bad storms. We looked at one of those storms back in February of this year, but this morning I want to examine a different account, a different storm.
• Life does bring different types of storms, doesn’t it?
2. Storms are a part of life. We all go through them. We can encounter literal storms (hurricanes, tornados, blizzards, ice storms, etc.), but also figurative storms (related to our work, our business, our marriage, our family, our relationships, our finances, our health, etc.).
3. All of us can, at times, feel like a little canoe being tossed around in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
4. Can you imagine how the disciples felt that day? Verse 23 says, “…they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy.” In Matthew 8:24, it says that “the ship was covered with the waves.” This was one serious storm. They had a crisis on their hands.
5. That may be you today. Life’s storms are pounding your soul. You feel like you are not going to make it, and you’re going under. What should a person do? How do we handle the storms that come our way? How do we survive? I want to share with you three principles from our text:
Before the storm: Make sure Jesus is in the boat.
1. The disciples did not know it, but their survival was due to the fact that Jesus Christ was in the boat with them. Is Jesus on board with you?
2. In other words, have you accepted Jesus Christ into your heart and life? Have you believed on Him for your eternal salvation, for the forgiveness of your sins? He has done everything necessary to save you and give you eternal life.
3. Whether you are saved or not, everybody encounters storms as they travel through this life on a sin-cursed earth. Nobody is immune from storms.
• “For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also…” Romans 8:22-23
• “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.”
4. So the issue is not whether or not you will go through storms. The issue is this: either you will go through the storm with Christ or without Christ. If you have believed on Him, the Bible teaches that the Spirit of Christ dwells in you. Colossians 1:27 says, “…Christ in you, the hope of glory.” He will never leave you once He’s in the boat.
5. You say, “My life is good. I have no storms and don’t expect any. I don’t need Jesus.”
7. Nobody should want to face the storms of life or the storm of death without Christ in the boat. Where would the disciples have been without Christ in the boat? They would have been at the bottom of the sea.
8. Why don’t you accept Jesus Christ today? He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother, and He will go with you through every storm. Christian, Christ doesn’t bail ship. He is with you through every storm.
9. One other note: Christian, the time to build your faith in Christ is before you encounter a storm. Once you are in the midst of the storm, your faith level is what it is. We will talk more about this later.
During the storm: Drop the bucket and go to the Master.
1. If Jesus is in the boat, He is there for you in every situation and in every storm.
2. In our text, the fact that the ship filled with water leads us to assume that the disciples did not turn to Christ right away. Had they done it, the ship wouldn’t be full of water.
• Can’t you just see them with their buckets trying to keep the ship from going under? They are feverishly working to make it through this storm in their own power and strength.
3. Finally somebody had the great idea, “Let’s go get Jesus.” They dropped their buckets and sought Jesus. Experienced fishermen (men of the sea) going to a carpenter for help with a storm!
• They ran to him frantically, and I love it. He was “sawing logs.” He wasn’t one bit worried. They were bailing water for all they were worth and He was just sound asleep. He was at total peace.
• Isn’t it great to have a Savior who isn’t wringing His hands when we are going through storms? He is all-powerful, and He doesn’t fret.