There was one day when Jesus and His disciples set sail across the Sea of Galilee.
As they were making their way, “a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling” (Mark 4:37).
That sudden storm must have been quite unforgettable for it was recorded in all the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew 8:23-27; Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25).
Sudden storms are a part of our lives. All of us will at one time or another encounter sudden storms. The sea of our lives can be calm one minute and violent the next. One minute you can be enjoying fair weather and the next you are tossed about left and right. One phone call, one doctor visit, one error judgment of a driver and you find yourself in the sudden storm of your life.
In the story of this unforgettable storm, I found 3 Lifesavers.
Lifesaver #1: Promise
Before embarking on the journey Jesus said to His disciples, “Let us cross over to the other side”(Mark 4:35).
That is the promise of Jesus, which came to pass. “Then they came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gadarenes” (Mark 5:1).
Jesus kept His promise. He will not back away from any promises He has made.
He has promised,“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).
He has promised, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).
When you find yourself in a sudden storm, you want to know and hold on to His promises.
Lifesaver #2: Presence
When Jesus is present in your boat, you have an advantage.
Mark 4:36 says,“And other little boats were also with Him.” There were many boats out on that stormy sea that night, but only one has the Presence of Jesus.
As you sail on the sea of life, you want to be sure and remember that Jesus is in the boat with you.
Having Jesus in your boat makes all the difference.
When you have the Presence of Jesus, you can call on Him in time of need. When you have the Presence of Jesus, you can see Him move in power. When you have the Presence of Jesus, you can experience His peace.
An old Christian song says, “With Christ in the vessel you can smile at the storm.”
When you have the Presence of Jesus, no storm can overcome you.
Lifesaver #3: Power
Jesus has the power to calm the storm.
“Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” (Mark 4:39)
The wind ceased, the waves subsided and the sea became calm. The disciples were stunned. “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!” (Mark 4:41).
They saw the Power of Jesus.
In fact, right after they reached the other side of the lake in Gadarenes, Jesus casted out a legend of demons from a demon-possessed man.
Jesus has the power to calm the storm, not only in the sea but also in the body and mind of a tormented man.
With Jesus, you have His Promise, His Presence and His Power.
These are Lifesavers in Sudden Storm.