Mark 4:39-41 “And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
The ship they were in tossed and turned as was soon filling to sink. The disciples were bailing with all their might, but the rain, the wind, and the waves left them feeling helpless. Jesus was sleeping in the back of the ship, no doubt wet from the barrage of water they were taking in.
Yet, when they awoke the Master, He calmly stood and rebuked the wind, the rain, and the sea so that it was like glass.
The astonishment of the disciples was evident when they said,
“What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
As I read this today, it hit me right in my sickness. I am still suffering the effects of what I think is COVID, but I am still waiting to get tested.
When tested and tried in this life, we complain because we’ve been pushed out of our comfort zone. When I read this today, God reminded me that He has the power to speak peace over me and my circumstances to heal. I can become selfish and ask, “Why?” or I can trust by faith in the greater purpose that my God has for me.
My God is the same One who stood in that boat that day and rebuked a storm. He can do the same for me if I but have faith.
We do not want our faith to be challenged. It would mean we would have to have an answer. A biblical answer. One that supports what we believe. Sickness becomes a trial when it lasts longer than our patience. When the pressure starts to mount, and we see no end in sight, it is like we are bailing that ship with no success anytime soon.
I need my God amid my storm. Without Him, I will crumble and fall.
Let us not grow to any level of comfort here on this earth. This world is not our home. Let us encourage one another to keep pressing on no matter the circumstances.