THE STORMS OF LIFE Mark 4:35 – 5:1
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while you may have to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold which though perishable is tested by fire, may redound to praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (vv6-7)
In the book of Mark we read about a terrible storm. The disciples were with Jesus on a boat crossing the Sea of Galilee. When a “furious squall came up,” the disciples among them some seasoned fishermen – were afraid for their lives (4:37-38) Did God not care? Weren’t they handpicked by Jesus and closest to Him? Weren’t they obeying Jesus who told them to “go over to the other side.” (v35) Why, then, were they going through such a turbulent time?
No one is exempt from the storms of life. But just as the disciples who initially feared the storms later came to reverse Christ more, so the storms we face can bring us to a deeper knowledge of God. “Who is this,” the disciples pondered,” even the wind and the waves obey him.” (v41) Through our trials we can learn that no storm is big enough to prevent God from accomplishing His will (5:1)
While we may not understand why God allows trials to enter our lives, we thank Him that through them we can come to know who He is. We live to serve Him because He has preserved our lives.
Lord, I know I don’t need to fear the
Storms of life around me.
Help me to be calm because
I stand secure in you.
The storms of life prove the strength of our anchor.