TUESDAY, JANUARY 12
“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.”
Mark 4:37-38 (NLT)
REMEMBER THAT JESUS HAS NOT LEFT THE BOAT
Left on a sinking ship were the captain and three sailors. The captain spoke first. “Men, this business about a captain going down with his ship is nonsense. There’s a three-man life raft on board and I’m going to be on it. To see who will come with me, I will ask you each one question. The one who can’t answer will stay behind. Here’s the first question: What unsinkable ship went down when it hit an iceberg?” The first sailor answered, “The Titanic, sir.” “On to the next question: How many people perished?” The second sailor said, “One thousand five hundred and seventeen, sir.” “Now for the third question,” and the captain turned to sailor number three and asked, “What were their names?” (Steve Templeton)
One of the first lessons Mike taught us was that Jesus has not left the boat when we are in the middle of a storm. Brian Bell adds that “After a long day of teaching…time for some practical tests to see what they’ve learned! This storm was part of the day’s curriculum. [Storm theology 101] The journey of this boat is a picture of the journey of life. Jesus, can You be trusted in the storms of life?”
Someone once said, “It’s better to go through the storm with Christ than to have smooth sailing without Him.” Why is this true? How has having Jesus made a difference in the storms you’ve faced?
Jesus was sleeping with His head on a cushion. Praise God for not being afraid of losing control in our storms. Ask Him to give you the kind of peace that sleeps well in storms.