If you ever want to know what a miraculous God we serve, read the book of Mark. His miracles are impressive to say the least, but most importantly they are reassuring that we serve an all-powerful God!
I sat in church yesterday so nostalgic, longing for more peaceful times, when things were good and calm and just. My faith has been wavering and I have allowed so many factors to control my peace or lack thereof. My devotions over the last few days have been all about listening to and trusting God. And if that wasn’t enough to attempt to grasp my attention, the sermon yesterday was for me, specifically. I was forced out of bed specifically to hear that message. Mark, chapter 4, blessed me so incredibly that I have to share it with you.
There is a section in this chapter where Jesus and the disciples are on a boat when a storm comes (verses 35-41). Water is filling the boat, the winds are high and the disciples are freaking out. They wake Jesus and ask Him to intervene so that they do not drown. Jesus rebukes the wind and the waves, calming the storm, simply saying “Peace! Be Still!”. Then Jesus ask the disciples two very relevant questions:
- Why are you afraid?
- Do you still have no faith?
Jesus has been asking me those questions for weeks and I am just now hearing Him. So I decided to answer Him, to tell Him why I am so afraid and to humbly admit that my faith was subpar these days. It is so easy to trust God when things are good, to praise Him in the positive. But why do we have such a hard time doing these things in the storm? Because we are human. We are designed to depend on Him, to be made perfect in weakness, but we put our faith so often in things and people that are seen instead of Him.
I am afraid because I have no control. I am afraid because I am uncomfortable. I am afraid because I have never been in this storm before. And these fears cause me to have little faith. How embarrassed I was to have to answer God when directly questioned about my faith. Then I realized that maybe that was the whole purpose of the storm. To check my faith. And the impact came in verse 41 where it says “who is this man, that even the wind and waves obey Him!” He is God, all by Himself! He does not need my help. And that is what He has been trying to tell me. “Be still, I got this, Sham.”
Everyone always talks about the calm before the storm or the calm after the storm, but I want the calm during the storm. And only faith can give me that type of peace. Yesterday, my faith was renewed. God has always taken care of me, but my storms have always been small. Now, it is time for me to practice that dramatic faith and trust Him, whole-heartedly, unwavering, explicitly.
Happy Monday all!