Topic: Mark 4:38
One summer night during a severe thunderstorm a mother was tucking her small son into bed. She was about to turn the light off when he asked in a trembling voice, "Mommy, will you stay with me all night?" Smiling, the mother gave him a warm, reassuring hug and said tenderly, "I can't dear. I have to sleep in Daddy's room." A long silence followed. At last it was broken by a shaky voice saying, "The big sissy!" - Source unknown
Who hasn't questioned God in the middle of a storm? The disciples did. "The disciples woke [Jesus] up, shouting, "Teacher, don't you care that we're going to drown?'" (Mark 4:38) We've all asked that at one time or another. "God, don't you care?" We know that He does, but sometimes it seems as though He's distant as we're battered by raging storms.
We know that God loves us more deeply than we can ever know. It's not a question of whether we will be confronted with storms or not, but rather how we must face adversity: As someone with hope and faith in an all-powerful God. Jesus never promised that we'd have an easy life, but He did promise that he would be with us "always, even to the end of the age" (Matthew 28:20). If we believe that God is the one "who is, who always was, and who is still to come - the Almighty One." (Revelation 1:8) ultimately what do we have to fear? We may not be all-knowing like God is, but because of Jesus' death on the cross for our salvation, we can be assured that no matter what temporary storms we face, that our place with God in eternity is assured. (1 Corinthians 9:25)
The Lord is my light and my salvation
so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger,
so why should I tremble?
The one thing I ask of the Lord
the thing I seek most
is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
delighting in the Lord's perfections
and meditating in his Temple.
For he will conceal me there when troubles come;
he will hide me in his sanctuary.
He will place me out of reach on a high rock. (Psalm 27:1,4,5)
Where do you get your strength during the storms of life?