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05/27/2008

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Seeing Jesus In The Storm


"And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, "Hush, be still." And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm" (Mk. 4:39).

John Newton said, "With Christ in the vessel, I smile at the storm." This scripture gave inspiration to Mary A. Baker to pen the words for the hymn Master the Tempest is Raging in 1876. As Jesus and His disciples left the crowd, and were to go to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. Jesus was asleep in the stern of the boat when the fierce storm broke. For those of you that have been on the water when a storm hits, you know the feeling that is being described here. Helpless, the disciples turned to Jesus for help. Talk about being able to sleep through a storm, Jesus was about to do that. The storm did not awake Him but the frantic pleas of His disciples did. With just three words the winds stopped. "Hush, be still." Pretty normal words, but from the mouth of our Lord, powerful ones.

When the storms of life break into our lives, we may cry to Jesus with the same words that His disciples did. "Do you not care that I am perishing (suffering)?" The great thing is that He DOES care and He IS only a cry away. With a "hush be still," he can calm the storms of our life. This doesn't mean that the outward circumstances may subside immediately, but He does calm the storm that is in our heart.

The truth be told, we are safer in the storm WITH Him, than in the calm without Him. No ships are unsinkable. We need not fear however with Him as our Pilot. With Him at the helm of our life, we ARE unsinkable. The storms cannot take us down when He is in control.

Lets make sure that that our faith in Him is a powerful one. We don't want Him to say to us what He said to His disciples in v 40. "Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?"

Fear sees the storm; faith sees Jesus in the storm!

Have a wonderful day...Let your light shine for Him Love mark Phil. 4:11

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