by Michael Smith
Chapter Twenty Six
THE STORMS OF LIFE
Please read Mark 4:35-41
|In the evening after a long day's teaching, Jesus was sleeping in the
boat. When a storm brewed the Lord continued to sleep,
unperturbed, in contrast to His disciples who, despite being
seasoned fishermen, panicked and cried out to Him in fear to save
them. They had forgotten that Jesus had said, "Let us pass
over unto the other side", which meant they were certain to get over safely.
The Lord calmed the storm and the boat indeed safely reached the
shore. No-one needed to be rescued and no-one drowned.
On alighting from the boat they were met by a man possessed with many devils , and just as Christ had displayed His authority over the natural elements, He now showed His authority over the supernatural by casting out the devils and setting the demoniac free. As Creator and Deliverer the Lord Jesus dealt easily with both these situations.
The Lord promised to get all the disciples safely over to the other side of the sea, and it is the same for us in the storms of life. Jesus knows every detail of any trial we undergo and is carrying us through it just as He was in the boat with the disciples, and He will deliver us out of our adversity just as He delivered the man held captive. So we have no need to panic or fear or doubt Him. It's true we can't always cope, but Jesus can and does if we let Him. In the midst of a trial we may ask, "Does Jesus know what I'm going through? Is He really with me in this?". Yes, He is. The Lord always knows every storm that is coming - nothing ever catches Him unawares! But note that He allowed His disciples to feel the full force of the storm, waiting for them to cry out to Him, before he rose up to reveal both His love for them and His almighty power. Our journey through this life must often go through the storm; Christianity isn't a 'joy-ride' and trying times are certain to come. It is when vicious storms rage about us that our faith in the Lord and His ability to keep us is tested, but when we cry out to Him He will answer us and see us safely across the troubled waters.
When the great calm came, the disciples marvelled and the Name of Jesus was magnified, and so the gospel was spread abroad. The Bible states over and over that Jesus has promised to be always with us and not forsake us whatever we might be going through, whether illness, sorrows, family problems, stressful situations, financial troubles - and in the time we all need Him most: in the valley of the shadow of death. King David said he feared no evil even there . The Scriptures say all believers must be pruned (or purged) that we may produce ever more good fruit  and refined (or tried by fire) that we may come forth as gold , and it is through the problems we face that we are pruned and refined, and, like the disciples, can go on to witness and testify to others of the greatness of God. The Lord has promised to complete in us that which He has started  and He never breaks His Word, so if we remain faithful to Him no matter our trials and hardships , we will get through the storm of life safely and we will go to heaven to be with Him for ever.
 Mark 5:1-20.  Psalm 23:4; 1 Peter 5:7; Hebrews 13:5b.  John 15:2.  1 Peter 1:6-7; 1 Peter 4:13.  Philippians 1:6.  Hebrews 10:23,35-39.
© Michael Smith 2013