|Today’s Scripture: And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. 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? 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. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him? Mark 4:37-41|
|The creaking timbers groaned as the ship rocked back and forth, and waves crashed over the hull. The disciples tried to bail the water out, but soon the boat was full. The storm beat vehemently upon their ship, and it seemed like all hope was lost. The disciples ran to find Jesus Who was sleeping in the back. They awoke Him and asked if He didn’t care if they sunk. Jesus got up and rebuked the wind and the sea, and there was a great calm. The disciples were amazed and wondered how even the wind and sea obeyed Him.
As incredible as this miracle is to us, there are a few things that we may have overlooked which make this a much greater miracle. In verse 37, we see that the waves beat into the ship until it was full. If the ship was full, how much more water could enter the ship in order to sink it? It was still floating because Christ was there. The disciples saw the ship full of water and woke Jesus to tell Him they were about to sink. They saw the danger but didn’t see the miracle that was happening right before their eyes. Then, when Christ did calm the wind and sea, there was a great calm. The wind stopped, but miraculously, the waves stopped as well. Christ didn’t just take away the root cause of the problem and wait for the waves to finish beating upon the boat; He stopped the waves in their tracks. Instantly, there was peace.
Many times we may feel like the disciples – trapped in a ship that’s bound to sink and helpless to do anything ourselves. That’s when we need to realize Christ is in the boat with us. He is going through the storm with us, so we have nothing to fear. We, too, can turn to Him in our storms. Even when the waves are constantly pounding you, and you feel like you are going down, Christ might be doing something you may not even notice. He will keep us afloat even when we should be sinking. Then, when He does calm our storm, He will bring peace.
Remember, God has promised never to leave or forsake us. He will be there – even in the storms. Trust Him, and you will see His hand at work.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.