When evening came, [Jesus] said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” (Mark 4:35-41)
It is important to notice a few things in this passage if we are going to understand the safety we have in our storms.
First, Jesus said, “Let us go over to the other side.” Along the way, a storm came up and the disciples thought they were headed to the bottom of the sea. The storm was so fierce that the disciples forgot what Jesus said about going over to the other side of the lake. if Jesus said they were going to the other side of the lake, they were going to the other side! Nothing was going to stop them . . . not even a furious storm.
Second, we should see that Jesus was just as calm as the storm was about to be. He was asleep on a cushion! Jesus is not troubled by the storms that blow our way. His sleeping in the middle of a storm is meant as a comfort to us. If our Lord is not worried and fearful, we should not be worried or fearful either.
Third, the wind and waves obey Jesus. Not a bird falls to the ground apart from His will (Matthew 10:29). Everything is in the sovereign control of our Lord (Psalm 135:6). Nothing happens to us that doesn’t first pass through His nail-scarred hands.
Finally, we cannot miss the fact that Jesus was right there in the middle of the storm with His disciples, just as He is always with us in the middle of the storms of life. He promised never to leave us nor forsake us . . . and He does not make an exception for storms. Our Lord is not a fair-weather friend. He is with us in the middle of every storm that blows our way.
This provides us with a wonderful picture of the safety we have been promised in every storm that we encounter. Jesus is with us in the middle of the storm; Jesus is in control of the storm; He is not unsettled by it. As the wonderful contemporary hymn declares:
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I stand.
And don’t miss this: when Jesus says we are going over to the other side, we will get to the other side. No storm will stop us, regardless of how furious or frightening it might be.
Jesus has promised to bring through the other side of the grave and there is nothing that will stop Him. No storm . . . no scheme of Satan . . . nothing will stop our Savior from keeping His promise . . . NOTHING!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!