Storm Out On the Ocean (Part 2)
And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” 39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!” Mark 4:37-41 NKJV
Much like the unique geography in the area of the Sea of Galilee–which caused unexpected violent storms–that which can cause a storm is inside of you, i.e., the very thing that drives and motivates you: obedience, disobedience, faith, unbelief, love, fear, etc. Even if you are in a relationship with Jesus, sailing along in the same “boat” on the ocean of life, if you will, you aren’t exempt from storms. Jesus preached in His sermon on the mount that “He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and He sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matt. 5:45).
The above scripture text suggests that there are four reasons why God allows storms to occur in your life: (1) to expose how you really feel about God. When Jesus’ disciples were threaten with imminent destruction during the storm on the Sea of Galilee, they awoke Jesus and said, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” (Mark 4:38). Such question implies that Lord didn’t care about the safety and welfare of his disciples—at least that what they were feeling about Jesus; (2) Also, storms also serve to reveal your “truth” so that you can’t lie to yourself any longer. Like Jonah who blatantly disobeyed God, trusted in his thoughts, ways, and ideas rather than God’s, and believed “his truth” that he could flee from the presence of the Lord (Psalm 139:7). But this lie was Jonah’s truth; not the truth. These were all lying vanities and the regard of a worthless idol (himself) (Jonah 1:1-5; 2:1, 8). Perhaps Jesus’ disciples, who were professional fishermen who grew up around the Sea of Galilee, believed their truth about this body of water rather than depend on God;
(3) Furthermore, God allows storms to arise in your life so you can deal with your negative feelings and emotions. The disciples emoted very negative feelings to the point that after calmed the storm He asked His disciples, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” (Mark 4:40). Fear is the mother that gives birth to all negative emotions and feelings. Only the disciples could deal with their fears, their apparent lack of love, and absence of faith (Gal. 5:6; 1 John 4:18; 2:5); and, (4) Moreover, storms are permitted by God to test the strength of your foundations. The test results aren’t for God but for you to know, whether you’re building your relationship with God on “Jesus Christ the “Rock” or on sinking sand (Matt. 7:24-27).
In any storm of life, you will always find grace and mercy that the Lord will calm the storm and see you through to the “other side” if you forsake your negative feelings about God, and the lying vanities you’ve believed about yourself, and overcome your fear with love by standing on the Word of God.