Sorry this blog is a day late, but I was driving back home from Myrtle Beach yesterday. Nancy and I had a wonderful visit with my mother and my sister (and my sister's family). Nancy doesn't like it when I am using my laptop while driving.
So, what shall we discuss today?
With all the hurricanes that have wrought so much devastation to people's lives, I thought it would be timely to give you some thoughts from a message I preached years ago entitled: How to Make It Through The Storms of Life. I don't know what "storm" you might be going through right now--what trial of your faith, what terrible circumstance--but I know Someone who specializes in stilling storms, and bringing perfect peace to troubled waters.
Turn in your Bible to Mark chapter 6. Here are 5 lessons we should remember when we find ourselves in our own “storms of life”.
FIRST, realize that He SENT me here (verse 45). The Bible says: “He made the disciples get in the boat”. Of course, Jesus knew a storm was coming because He created the storm. And He deliberately constrained His disciples to get into a boat that was headed straight into that storm. It was all part of His teaching them to have more faith.
SECOND, remember He is PRAYING for me. “He departed to the mountain to pray ” (vs. 46). Now, what do you suppose Jesus was praying about? Obviously, for their survival. Not their physical survival, because He would take care of that shortly. He was praying for their spiritual survival and spiritual growth; their faith and trust in Him in times of crisis! It is a blessing to know that our great Intercessor is praying for us when we go through the storms of life.
THIRD, rejoice in the knowledge that He SEES my need. “Then He saw them straining at rowing” (verse 48). Oh how hard they tried to bail water out of the boat. Oh how hard we try to "bail" ourselves out of our own desperate situations. We sure exert a lot of energy trying to solve problems ourselves, don't we? Sometimes God waits until we wear ourselves out, until we exhaust our own strength, before He steps into the picture and rescues us!
FOURTH, remember this: He will COME to me. “He came to them, walking on the sea ” (verse 48). No matter how intense the trial we face, Christ promises His presence. He will never leave us or forsake us. He came to the disciples in their hour of need and He will come to you just when you need Him most.
FIFTH, He will see me THROUGH. “He went up into the boat and the wind ceased ” (verse 51). As soon as Jesus entered the boat, the storm stopped. He is the Prince of Peace. Eph. 2:14 says: "For He Himself is our Peace". Don't worry, dear friend. You will make it to the other side. He will see you through.
So, whatever trials you are going through right now, you can be sure that Jesus knows all about it, He is praying for you, and He will be with you through it. His presence is all you need.