In the book of Mark, chapter six, we read that the disciples got into a boat, at night, and took out across the sea. In their obedience to Jesus, the disciples ran directly into a storm. Their obedience literally took them into the nucleus of a disaster. I wish I could tell you that following Jesus means you will never have to face any storms.
I wish I could tell you that following Jesus means that the waters of life will always be calm. I wish I could tell you that following Jesus means life will be rosy and all of your days sweet. These disciples were following Jesus, and they ran right into rough-seas. The disciples discovered, as many of us have also discovered, that:. There is a lot of preaching today as well as many Christian books that tell you that if you follow Jesus, than you will never have to face any challenges in life. Casting our cares on him, according to these verses, is not simply a desire to avoid unpleasant circumstances, but rather a submission to whatever circumstances God may bring into your life, simply because they are from God.
The apostle Paul exemplifies this in 1 Timothy , referring to his calling as an apostle and the hardship that goes with that appointment:. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me. Paul is not in denial about suffering, but his faith in Jesus Christ is unshakable regardless of circumstances.
But I can’t.
He does, after all, get up and calm the storm in this story. A little cruise would be just the thing. He has a battle to fight. Storms are frightening, I know.
I know what it is to feel useless, helpless, and hopeless. Jesus does not take people out into the middle of the sea to drown them. He takes people across the sea so that they can participate in his work of world redemption. He does not stand afar off to do this. No, he enters the darkness, the evil, the suffering of this world, and he transforms it from within. If we are following him, then we too will enter this darkness.
Surviving Life's Storms
We need to keep Jesus in sight Hebrews We need to understand who this is, asleep in the boat. It is in adversity, when we come to the end of ourselves, that we see the power of God in our lives.
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I too cried out to God to save me from the storm in my life. The storm raged on until I reached the other side. I saw his power over the storm in a different way. I began to understand how he was using the storm to transform my life, to confront the evil and corruption within me. For a long time, I saw myself simply as one of the disciples in the boat. Slowly, I came to understand that I was also the man in the grip of the legion.
But I was definitely full of sin and corruption, plagued by wrong ideas about God and about myself, and those things kept me from pursuing God as fully as I should. Relief from the storm is not the best thing that can happen to you. The best thing that can happen is for you to be conformed to the image of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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The enemy can use the storm to make you anxious, afraid, hurt, and discouraged. God can use it to make you fearless, secure, and steadfast. Jesus can calm the storm in your life. But even if he does not, you can trust that he will uphold you, you can believe that he will transform you, and you can know that he loves you.
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison. Joel Stucki lives in Colorado with his wife and cat.
He is a percussionist, a cheesemonger, and a history buff. He also possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of the first nine seasons of The Simpsons. In his spare time, he hikes in the mountains, drinks dearly cherished cups of coffee, and holds long theological conversations via email. Social media overflows with mantras meant to encourage us in our struggle with comparison.
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