In the first two blogs on this topic I had some typos. Sorry about that! I would certainly expect better work out my students. At any rate, I have put this in Word first so I could spell check everything.
In Mark 4:35-41 we have a familiar story. Jesus and His disciples are in a boat crossing the Sea of Galilee. Jesus is asleep. Suddenly, a storm blows up and the men are afraid. They cry out to Jesus, “Master, don’t you care that we are about to die?”
Most of the time emphasis has been placed upon the miraculous calming of the sea. I think we need to focus on the fear of the disciples: “Master, don’t you care that we are about to die?”
We all have those times when the storms of life threaten our being. If you have not experienced a storm, just wait; you will! When facing a storm of life we think and feel as if we are going to be overcome by things beyond our control.
Often things just happen and human choice has not been involved. It is at times like these that we cry out with Jesus’ disciples: “Master, don’t you care that we are about to die?” Does God care? Does anyone care when we hurt?
Storms come in life because of our poor choices and we, and sometimes others, suffer as a result of our behavior. Sometimes storms come because other people make poor choices and we suffer because of their behavior. However, for many storms there is no explanation for them. Insurance companies refer to “Acts of God,” but I do not think that is an adequate explanation.
A storm does not mean that God is angry with you, or God is paying you back for something you have said or done. The Bible clearly shows, as we experience ourselves, that good and bad things happen both to believers and unbelievers.
If you are in the midst of a storm, you may feel alone and helpless. You may feel isolated from friends and family. You may feel isolated from God, that he does not really care about the way you are feeling right now.
Sometimes people say, “Where is God in the storm?” Or in that wreck, or explosion, or any horrible event. In our biblical reference, Jesus is in the boat with the disciples in the storm. He is not looking on from some far-off distance. Jesus calms both the disciples and calms the storm.
I believe Jesus is with us in the storms we face. If we let him, he will calm those storms and calm us. The disciples reacted with fear, for they knew they were in the presence of holiness. We sometimes have the same feeling, that God is too great for us, that we do not deserve his presence; so we want to flee.
The Scriptures give us the assurance of God’s love and care for us. In Genesis, God pronounced creation was “Good.” That includes you and me. We bear the image of God and it is that image that enables us to have a relationship with God.
In his first epistle, the Apostle Peter wrote: “Leave all your worries with him (God), for he cares for you” (5:7). The psalmist wrote:
The LORD is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
and with my song I praise him.
My prayer for you: may you come to know the Christ who can calm your storms and give you peace.