"And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side." Mark 35:4
Let's read a few more verses from this story. "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?" (vv. 37-40)
Why were they so fearful? How was it that they had no faith? I believe it is because they did not "listen" and "take to heart" Jesus' words. Had they, their reaction to the storm would have been different. Jesus had said to them when they first set sail for the other side-- "Let us pass over to the other side". He didn't say, "Let's start heading toward the other side and drown on the way". He didn't say, "Let's try to make it to the other side". No, He told them they were going to go to the other side. Had they been listening to what He said, had they remembered His words, when the storm hit the boat, they would not have given into the fear. They would have had peace. They would have stood firm. Perhaps they would have been the ones rebuking the storm and speaking peace into the situation.
Storms of life come, we face difficulties, trying times attack us, fear tries to grip us, doubt and worry try to attach themselves to us, but if we will listen, heed and remember the words our Master has spoken to us we will be able to stand and withstand in those times. The word of God is more powerful than anything. It dispels fear and produces faith. It drives back darkness and brings forth light. It speaks to storms instead of succumbing to them. It brings peace and cast out confusion.
Are you struggling in the storm? Are you fearful of "drowning"? What has the Lord said to you? Has He already said you were "going to the other side"? When Jesus rebuked the storm, God's Word spoke-- Jesus is THE WORD. You need to follow Jesus' lead and speak the word that He has given you to the storm and to the fear that is coming against you.
Have a great day. We need to listen, heed and remember what the Lord has said to us because it will keep us from fear and produce faith in us when the storms come.
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