Sub Topic: Fear Not – Jesus Is On Board
Scripture Reference Mark 4:35-41
Christians, we are not exempt from the storms of life. Sometimes the waves threaten to swamp us, and sometimes they do swamp us. The promise is that, if we walk in faith, God will bring us through the terrible times.
The storms of life often hit us suddenly and without warning. Right now everything is smooth sailing. In a matter of hours, without warning, you are in the middle of a crisis
Think about young children for a moment. They fall asleep wherever they go. They can be sitting in a car where they are, one minute, yelling and screaming, and the next they pass out as if they had forgotten they were previously all riled up. Or, I have seen kids pass out at restaurant tables, surrounded by a lot of people making a lot of noise. Or, at a church where music is playing and people singing and shouting.
My point is not so much to highlight a child’s exhaustion, but rather, children feel secure enough to fall asleep in just about any surrounding in the presence of their parents. They may not understand the potential threat of falling asleep in a car, restaurant, or other public place, but they know that their Father is near, and when the Father is near, peace is here.
Scripture Reference: Mark 4:35-41
Storms can hit our lives in many ways, the loss of a loved one, a health crisis, a serious accident, losing a job at a time when finding a job is challenging. Some of the most painful storms are those that hit our relationships. Storm clouds can gather over a marriage – waves of conflict, bitterness, and even loneliness can fill the boat and sometimes even sink the marriage. Parents and children can hit storms in their relationships as well, with painful results for both parent and child.
Mark 4:35-37 35 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. 36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. 37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
Have you experienced storms in your life? Times when things just did not make sense. Times when you feel scared that you are going to be taken over by the storms, insecure, afraid and uncertain.
1 John 4:19 We love, because He first loved us. 20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.
Matthew 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
What are you doing with your life? Do you begin your day asking God to use you, and make your life profitable for His kingdom? Are you making your life count for God, or do you live life with your personal desires as your priority? Are you making the most of your minutes, hours, days, weeks and years?
1 John 2:15-17 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.
Do not love the world. And the fact that John, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit needed to write this to these congregations, and that we now centuries later God designed for us to read it, suggests that we all have running in us an inclination to do this very thing.
“Show me, O LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life.” Psalm 39:4
Life is fragile and fleeting. We are mortal beings living in bodies and facing a perilous journey through time. For some, this journey will last only for a few years. For others, it will last many decades. But fortunately all, it will one day come to a halt. Just as sure as life has a beginning, life has an end. Take a walk through a cemetery, any cemetery and you will be reminded of this very basic truth of life. Beneath the name of the deceased on every tombstone you will see the date they were born and the date they died.
“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: to shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night.” Psalm 92:1-2.
A day is not long enough to thank God for all that He’s given me. His blessings come daily. Psalm 68:19 says, “Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loadeth us with benefits….”
My heart is full of joy and peace as His presence give me a warm, sweet embrace. Truly, this is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.