Is Jesus in your boat?
It’s not about the situation or the storm. It’s about Jesus, Who is in our boat.
Mar 4:35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.”
Mar 4:36 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him.
Mar 4:37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling.
Mar 4:38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”
Mar 4:39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!”And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
Mar 4:40 He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?”
Mar 4:41 And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
Think of all the worries that might have kept Jesus awake. He could worry about the religious and political leaders who plotted against Him. He could worry about His family who thought He was crazy. He could worry about the overwhelming crowds with their overwhelming needs. He could worry about the disciples He chose. He could worry about the future, because He knew what Hisdestiny was. With all these things to worry about, Jesus wasn‟t worried. He slept in a rocking boat.
And they awoke Him: The wind didn‟t wake Him, the arguing of the disciples didn‟t wake Him, and water splashing over the boat didn‟t wake Him. But at the cry of His disciples, He instantly awoke.
In spite of their fear, He still calmed the storm. Jesus doesn’t expect us to be perfect all the time, but He does expect us to call on Him. He does expect us to “wake Him up” in the middle of our storm.! Jesus never said to the disciples, “Why are you waking me up?” He was saying, “Don’t wake me up in fear.” “Wake me up in faith.”Call on Jesus, the Prince of Peace, and let Him bring peace to the storms in your life!
Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?
The disciples were afraid, but at the same time there were several experienced fishermen among them.They knew they were in jeopardy ,but probably felt they knew what to do. They worked hard at bailing out the water, at rowing in a certain rhythm, at piloting the boat in a certain direction. They could not understand whythat Jesus didn‟t help them.
Rebuked . . . “Peace, be still!” The same terminology is used when Jesus rebuked and silenced demons. This was a spiritual battle as much as a weather crisis.“Jesus addressed the raging storm as a „force‟ threatening him and his disciples. The force of the sea was muzzled as Jesus subdued it with his sovereign word of authority.”
You have to decide that it’s not about your strength. It’s not about your ability to navigate the storm.
Jesus is in your boat, and He came to give you an abundant life (John 10:10).
- In His Name, waves have to calm down.
- In His Name, situations have to change.
- In His Name, there’s no weapon formed against you that shall prosper.
- In the Name of Jesus, everything’s going to be OK.
Whatever kind of storm you’re facing, Jesus is still in your boat. All you’ve got to do is quit paddling—quit worrying and looking at the obstacles. Instead, look to Him. Lean on Him. He’ll never let you down. He’ll never stop helping you, no matter how many storms arise.When you face those storms, remember, Jesus is in your boat! Call on Him
John 16:33I have said these thingsto you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.