Sunday Morning Podcast July 23, 2017. Bro. Andy Gallagher

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TEXT: MARK 4: 35-41  

35 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.
36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.
37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?
39 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.
40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?
41 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 disciples were exceedingly afraid, wondering why Jesus seemed not to be concerned in their great and fierce storm.  Can you imagine this happening to you?  Jesus then did something.  He took control over the stormy winds and sea!   Are there any storms in your life?   Jesus can bring “the calm.”   Jesus has been given control over all the earth, wind, and seas.  He can change any storm into a great calm!   When Jesus asked why they were fearful, and had no faith,  it was a chastisement to the disciples.   What would your answer be at Jesus’s question?  What would Jesus want them, or you, to do?   Should they, or us, ask for help?   Our desire here, should be to understand Christ’s lesson.   God’s word is simple with the message that Jesus is always the answer.  What here was Jesus doing?  He was resting on a pillow, in the midst of the storm, in the hinder part of the ship (verse 38).  

That’s what Jesus wants us to do.  To rest on His pillow of faith, to save us from “calamities.”  The disciples were afraid of dying,  yet Jesus was at rest and sleeping.  The disciples misunderstood thinking that Jesus didn’t care.  Have you been at such rest,  that others then might think you don’t care?  Resting in Jesus means not to carry the burden of your calamity.  Jesus was in such a place of peace.  It appeared that He didn’t care or was oblivious to the storm.  But in reality Jesus wasn’t afraid, knowing that God is in control.  The lesson is, just as Jesus was at rest,  He also wants us to rest in Him through all our storms of life.  Get out your pillow of faith, to rest in Christ!   

Once we find inner peace, it will change us also on the outside. We as Christians don’t have to let life’s problems steal our joy.  It’s a choice that we make.  Be not afraid of sudden fear,  neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.  For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken. Proverbs 3:25,26  

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.  Isaiah 26:3   

Resting In The Storm….