The Master of the Storm

During our Christian walk we will face many storms in life, and many of them will be severe. I know in my own personal life there have been times I have wondered if I was going to make it through my struggles without losing everything I own. But, to my surprise I find I am still here and intact; and to this point I have lost nothing. And from my experiences I have learned; we are either the master of the storm, or the storm masters us. There are no half-measures in our service to the Lord. Either our faith is in Him, or it is not. If our trust is in Him we will overcome; if our trust is not in Him we will be overcome. He is the assurance and the guarantee that we will master the storm’s of life. Just as we will discover in the following story: “Jesus is always aware of where we are, what the situation is, and how well we are doing in that situation.” If we are struggling, He will be there to help us through. If we are holding our own, He will be standing by, just in case we need His help. How well we perform in the midst of our storm depends upon our understanding of who He is, what He did for us in the past, is doing in the present, and has prepared for us in the future. The bible teaches us, “If God is for us; Who can be against us.” And in another place it says, “What can separate us from the love of Christ?” The answer is, ‘Nothing in all of creation’.  Not height, depth, distance, problem, storm, anything natural or supernatural, nor anything else the devil can throw at us can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. God is Lord over all!

Sometimes we have to experience the stormy seas of life before we fully understand if we trust in the Lord, and use the power given to us in His Name, we can master any storm in life. I was reminded of this fact after reading the story of Jesus walking on the sea in Mark 6:47-51 which reads, “Now when evening come, the boat (with His disciples in it) was in the middle of the sea; and He was alone on the land. Then He saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed them by. And when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed it was a ghost, and cried out; for they all saw Him and were troubled. But immediately He talked with them and said to them, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid. Then He went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled.”

“He came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed them by.” I have read this line many times and wondered why Jesus went to His disciples and then would have passed them by, instead of helping them. After all, the story tells us, “He saw them struggling.” So He knew they were tired and in trouble. But after much thought, I realized that Jesus fully expected His disciples to use their faith in God to master this storm. And they could have if they would have done so, or the story would not have told us Jesus would have passed them by. Jesus was responsible for taking care of His disciples. And by the way, He still is for those who call Him, ‘Lord’. But, instead of using their faith to overcome this storm, His disciples were afraid of the wind because it was making them struggle a bit. So when they saw Him walking nearby, they thought He was a ghost, until He spoke to them. The bible tells us after He got in the boat with them, “They were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled.” Wouldn’t you say, “This short story pretty well sums up our lack of faith in the Lord during our times of troubles?” After you read this next statement, pause for a couple of seconds, and let truth of it sink in: Because the storm around His disciples had their full attention, the fact that He had sent them on this mission had not entered their minds. And when Jesus assigns us a task, He does so because our mission is important to the kingdom of Heaven; and upon the assingment of a task, He is giving us His personal guarantee the mission will have a successful conclusion. Had His disciples really understood who Jesus was, and His reason for sending them on this important assignment, their struggle would not have been as hard as they were making it. That leads me to ask this question: “How are we doing in our walk with the Lord?” Are we concentrating more on the storm than we are on who the Lord is, or are we rejoicing in the fact that Jesus has assigned us an important kingdom mission and given us authority over any storm we encounter while carrying out that assignment? Are we rowing confidently through the storm with calm assurance we will complete our assignment; or is our mind on the struggle thus making our forward progress more difficult? I hope you understand after reading this short blog; how we respond to the difficulties in our life determines their degree of severity. DThrash

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