“WE ARE GOING TO THE OTHER SIDE!”
MARK 4: 35-41
HAVE YOU EVER FELT LIKE YOU WERE JUST EASING ALONG, ENJOYING LIFE? THEN, OUT OF NOWHERE, A STORM HITS! IT MAY BE SOMETHING WITH YOUR HUSBAND, WIFE, SON, DAUGHTER, OR YOUR JOB, TOTALLY, UNEXPECTED, RIGHT OUT OF THE BLUE. YOU DIDN’T HAVE ANY WARNING SIGNS. YOU WERE JUST SAILING ALONG WITH THE WIND AT YOUR BACK, WHEN THE BOTTOM FELL OUT.
IN 2000, I WAS PRIVILEGED TO TAKE A TRIP TO ISRAEL. ONE OF THE MOST ENJOYABLE ACTIVITIES WAS THE “JESUS BOAT” RIDE WE TOOK ON THE SEA OF GALILEE. WE LEFT FROM THE CITY OF TIBERIAS. WE TOOK THE NORTHERN ROUTE TOWARDS CAPERNAUM. WE HAD A WONDERFUL SERVICE. THE WEATHER WAS SO BEAUTIFUL. THE SUN WAS OUT AND IT WAS WARM, A SLIGHT BREEZE BLOWING. SUDDENLY THE WIND CHANGED DIRECTIONS AND THE BOAT BEGAN TO ROCK. WITHIN SECONDS, THE WAVES WERE NEARLY CRESTING OVER THE BOW OF THE BOAT. EVERYONE BECAME VERY FEARFUL. FORTUNATELY, WE WERE CLOSE ENOUGH TO SHORE THAT WE ONLY HAD TO ENDURE A FEW MINUTES OF THE WIND STORM. OH, BUT THAT DAY WAS A BLESSING. THE BIBLE CAME ALIVE RIGHT BEFORE OUR EYES!
*Master, carest thou not that we perish? (Verse 38)
How many times have we asked this question in our hearts, when we are in the midst of a storm?
We need to stop and ask ourselves, is this a valid question? Do we really believe that Jesus doesn’t care if we die or going through pain? Of course, He does! This is a classic trick from the devil. Satan wants us to believe that Jesus takes us to the edge of a cliff and drops us off. But, it’s not true!!! The devil is a liar, and the father of lies. Don’t play his games.
IV. Faith moves the storm
Faith brings calmness in the midst of the storm. It brings peace.
*Jesus asks another question: “Why are ye so fearful: How is it that ye have no faith?”
Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please him”
Do you have the faith to believe that, if Jesus says you’re going to the other side, that you will? We must come to the place where we fully trust Jesus as Savior, and as King. Otherwise, we are going to have to ride out some storms, alone. The disciples had seen first hand what the Lord could do. They saw the miracles, one after another. But, when they thought they’d lose their lives, they questioned Him. God help us.