He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. (Mark 4:39)
From sleeping in a boat to saving an entire fleet of boats, our Lord Jesus is the Almighty Admiral who protects all those who are His. Make no mistake, it is wise to sail with our Savior, because when the storm winds begin to blow and the waves of challenge begin to wash over us, He will direct us toward the safety of the harbor.
Don’t miss this: When the disciples got into the boat with Jesus, and all the other boats followed along, they were not safe from the storm. A fierce storm raged, even with Jesus by their side. But they were safe IN the storm, as are all the saints of God. Jesus by our side does not keep us from going into storms, but rather He brings us through the storm to the other side. Our Lord does not promise us smooth sailing, but sure arrival at our intended destination.
When the storms swept over that Galilean lake, the disciples were convinced that disaster was soon to follow. “Don’t you care if we drown?” they wailed to the Lord (Mark 4:38). Let that be a lesson to you today! When all hope is lost in the natural, we must shift our focus to the supernatural, because we have Jesus as our Almighty Admiral, and He has promised to stay with us and get us to the other side of every storm we face. Not a single boat in the convoy of the disciples suffered shipwreck that night. Jesus was all they needed for safe passage . . . and He is all we need too.
I’d like to close today’s word of encouragement with a profound biblical truth the disciples and their friends learned that night when a furious squall nearly swamped their boats. This truth can strengthen you in any storm you are facing:
You will never know Jesus is all you need until Jesus is all you have!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!