Mark 4:41 “And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
In his book Perfect Storm, author Sebastian Junger reports astonishing facts about the power of a hurricane: “A mature hurricane is by far the most powerful event on earth; the combined nuclear arsenals of the United States and the former Soviet Union don’t contain enough energy to keep a hurricane moving for one day. A typical hurricane … could provide all the lectrric power needed by the United States for three or four years.”
Sea fearers encounter diverse weather conditions. But those who experience a severe storm have one emotion in common, Fear. Mark 4:35-41 records a gale that threatened the boat carrying Jesus and His disciples on the Sea of Galilee. In a panic, the disciples awakened Jesus. He calmly rebuked the wind and sea by saying, “Peace, be still!” (literally “hush”) as if He were quieting an agitated child (v.39). Immediately , the gale stopped and the water became inexplicably placid. The disciples asked, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!” (v.41).
Do you feel as if you’re life’s circumstances are a mighty storm? Look to God-man Jesus Christ, who has the authority over heaven and earth. He will give you the strength to survive the storm until He ultimately calms it. —Dennis Fisher
Our loving God is always near;
Forever by our side;
He’ll bring us comfort in our fear
And peace that will abide. –Sper
When we trust the power of God, His Peace keeps us from panic.