The Word

Mark 4:37-40

37 And a furious storm of wind [of hurricane proportions] arose, and the waves kept beating into the boat, so that it was already becoming filled. 38 But He [Himself] was in the stern [of the boat], asleep on the [leather] cushion; and they awoke Him and said to Him, Master, do You not care that we are perishing? 39 And He arose and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, Hush now! Be still (muzzled)! And the wind ceased (sank to rest as if exhausted by its beating) and there was [immediately] a great calm (a perfect peacefulness). 40 He said to them, Why are you so timid and fearful? How is it that you have no faith (no firmly relying trust)?

Matthew 14:24-32
24 But the boat was by this time out on the sea, many furlongs [a furlong is one-eighth of a mile] distant from the land, beaten and tossed by the waves, for the wind was against them. ……… And Peter answered Him, Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water. 29 He said, Come! So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water, and he came toward Jesus. 30 But when he perceived and felt the strong wind, he was frightened, and as he began to sink, he cried out, Lord, save me [from death]! 31 Instantly Jesus reached out His hand and caught and held him, saying to him, O you of little faith, why did you doubt? 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.

James 1:6b-8
For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind. 7 For truly, let not such a person imagine that he will receive anything [he asks for] from the Lord, 8 [For being as he is] a man of two minds (hesitating, dubious, irresolute), [he is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything [he thinks, feels, decides].

The Message

I have come to understand that success in life is a function of the storms we survive. There are so many people whom the storms of life have messed up, to the point of taking their lives. When the enemy brings the storms, the intent is to steal, kill and destroy. He does not intend that we should survive the storms.

However, we have One who watches over us, who always makes sure that the storms don’t leave us beaten. His name is Jesus The Christ. I am yet to see a storm that He has not been able to calm. He said to the disciples, ‘let us cross over to the other side’. That is typically what He would say to us- a new place, a new job, a new relationship, marriage, ministry, a new opportunity….then the storm of wind, of hurricane proportions arose. Where did it come from? Out of the blues. That is the enemy for you. He comes from nowhere in particular. He just strikes.

It was scary because the boat was beginning to fill up with water. But guess what, Jesus was asleep in the stern, fast asleep. How could He sleep when the storm was beating against the boat? But He was sleeping. They woke Him and asked Him, ‘Don’t you care that we are perishing?’ How can that be? It is just like us to fret when a storm arises despite the promises He makes to us. Of course He cares. He is also in the boat. He spoke to the storm, ‘Hush now, be still’, and it ceased. He calms the storm around us.

In Peter’s case, he actually began to walk on the stormy waters, then he took his eyes off Jesus and took cognizance of the waves and of course, he got frightened and began to sink. Then he cried out, ‘Lord save me’ and Jesus took his hand. He saves us from the storms we find ourselves in.

Then there is the storm that takes place in our hearts. Can He do it? Will He do it? How will He do it? When will He do it? Who will he use to do it? Nobody can see it but there is a tempest going on in our hearts. James says it is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind. He also calms the storms within us as we take hold of His word and trust Him.

In all cases of the storm, all Jesus does to calm the storm is to release the peace within Him and everywhere became calm. It is His peace that enabled Him to sleep in the storm. The storms ‘sank to rest as if exhausted by its beating’ when he spoke His peace into the atmosphere. When He promises to take us to the other side, He will. He has the full capacity to take us to the other side, to fulfill His promises to us, no matter the magnitude of the storms that arise. He truly does. He calms the storms.