Jesus Calms The Storm Mark 4:35-41 (NLT)
As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!
“Who is this man” that is the question the disciples asked after they had just witnessed the incredible miracle of Jesus calming this fierce storm. This was not just a simple storm the disciples found themselves in; it was a violent storm. The boat was taking on water to the point the disciples feared the boat was going to sink. While the disciples were desperately trying to keep the boat from sinking, Jesus was fast asleep in the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. This image gives us the thought of peace, the thought that all is at rest and there is no fear. But for the disciples, they were experiencing great stress and fear while Jesus was sleeping peacefully. While Christ slept in His calm assurance, the disciples were frantic and trying to figure a way to save themselves.
As the situation worsened, they became irritated at Jesus for sleeping and they went to wake him. Noticed when they went to wake Jesus, it was not to ensure His safety. But to question whether He cared that they were about to die. It is at this point we see the mighty power of Jesus Christ the Creator. He does not jump up and panic. He does not run to help bail the water out of the boat. He does not put blame on the disciples for getting him into this dilemma. He simply wakes up and in the quite assurance of who He is, the Son of the Living God, He admonished the winds and says to the waves “Silence! Be still!” At that exact moment, the winds stopped and a great calm come over the water.
Notice the extreme contrast between the fierceness of the storm and the great calm resulting from Jesus’ command. The apostle Mark uses the term a “fierce storm came up.” Giving us the idea that although the storm may have appeared quickly, it did not just show up in all of its fierceness, it took time to build up. In contrast, when Jesus commanded the waves to “be still” It happened immediately. In fact, it happened so quickly that the disciples were taken back by how the very wind and the waves immediately obeyed. We then see how the disciples fear changed to absolute terror. Their terror was not that they were certain they were going to die. It came because the one they followed has the power to command the winds and the waves of they sea. After the winds and the waves obey His command, Jesus asked the disciples a very pointed question. “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” You see, the disciples had been with Jesus for awhile already. They had seen him preform many miracles. Yet they still lacked faith. They were unable to place their full trust in the One who has command over nature, sickness, and death. They were unable to trust the One who has the power to change the lives of all who come seeking after Him.
Throughout our lives we come face to face with storms, some are small and easy to handle. Some storms are more intense and take more effort to overcome. While others storms are fierce and cause great destruction. Many of us are in the midst of our greatest, fiercest and most violent storm of our lives. We find ourselves lost in a hostile world that presents great danger to our families and ourselves. While we fight the terror of our own experience we watch as other seemingly ignore the danger that is all around them. We become so engrossed in the storm around us, that we are unable to see that there is hope for us. We cannot see that there is peace for our storms right now. Just as the disciples called out to Jesus, in their moment of total helplessness, we too, can call out to Jesus in our severest storm.
My friends, we will never experience the full healing of our storms and the struggle we have with PTSD until we come to the master and cry out to Him in desperation. We can work on the emotional aspect of our symptoms of PTSD. We can learn to ground ourselves in stress relieving exercises. We can learn to face our trauma and reframe our thinking about our trauma. But we will never fully find the peace that we so desperately seek until we deal with the spiritual aspect of our trauma. As we travel on our journeys of overcoming the symptoms of PTSD. We must not cast off or ignore the spiritual struggles that come from our trauma. It is our belief at Healing the Storm Ministry that Jesus Christ is the answer to our spiritual trauma and struggles. As we turn to Christ and call out to Him. We will find the ultimate peace that only comes from the one who not only commands the wind and the waves; but also the one who can change the most broken and distraught among us. Jesus wants to reach out and create in your life, the peace you so desperately desire. If you find yourself wanting to experience this true peace and find out how Jesus can and will change your life forever. I strongly urge you to follow the link below, which will show you how you can find Peace with God.