November 1 – Miracles of Jesus – Calming the Storm

Read Mark 4:35-41

Here you are again. Another sudden storm – another impossible problem.

How are you going to pay the bills this month?

How are your kids going to thrive in school?

How are you going to make it through your loved one’s diagnosis? What’s next?

You are so busy you don’t even have time to talk to your spouse. You have to use texting.

Have you considered reminding yourself of what Jesus has done with you before?

What storms of life are you dealing with?

Did you think to pray?

Sometime in the sixties (AD 60), Jesus told the wind to “pipe down” while on a boat with His twelve disciples in the Sea of Galilee. He had been asleep in the back of the boat (the stern) and He used a bag of sand as His pillow. A sudden violent and furious storm arrived – cool air from the Mediterranean Sea came down from the mountains and collided with the hot humid air that was over the lake.

It created a mega storm.

The red letters are the simple but powerful words of Jesus Christ, the Son of God:

“Quiet. Be still.”

The storm quieted down. He calmed the storm, which was the impossible problem. And He can do that for us, as well, if we cast all our cares on Him and lay our burdens down at His feet.

Then pray, wait, and listen.

“Who is this?”

The disciples were asking each other questions, trying to figure out how a man could get the wind and waves to obey Him. They found out. And the readers of the parable know already that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. That is the only answer to the question. Mark witnessed this event as he was one of the guys in the boat.

In the storms of life, do not forget that God is with you! (See Romans 8:31b).

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”Hebrews 13:5b

“The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? The Lord is with me.”

(from Psalm 118:6-7a) and Dance, the song by Jesus Culture.

“He is with you.” (The Blessing, by Elevation Worship).

“Earth has no sorrow

that heaven can’t heal.”

Come As You Are, from the song by Crowder.

Can you conquer your fears and trust Him even in the middle of the storms of life?

Tom Weckesser

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