Have you ever been going through your day to day life, everything is going normal, when all of a sudden a situation comes out of nowhere and it throws you into a panic? I’ve personally experienced this many times in my life. Life seems to be going really well, maybe even great, then all of a sudden, at random a situation pops up that can almost cause us if we’re not careful to go into a bit of a panic mode. What do I mean by a “panic mode”, if I had to describe it, it’s a feeling that you get when you know a situation isn’t right, but you don’t know what to do and nothing seems to make sense. A “twilight zone” feeling. It’s interesting what desperate times can pull out of people. Unfortunately what comes out usually is a reaction instead of a response. Today, I want to help you with that through something that I have learned and practised in my own life.
In Mark chapter 4 starting at verse 35, we have a pretty famous story, it’s the story of Jesus and how he calmed a storm, not just any storm though, one that His disciples where sure was going to kill them. If you don’t know the story, Jesus and the disciples set out to cross a body of water to get to the other side. Then all of a sudden the waves and the wind started and the disciples find themselves in panic mode, the mission of changing the world with Jesus was clear up until this moment when in their minds apparently it was about to all end. Jesus, was sound asleep when the disciples said in verse 38, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” Before we discount the disciples as having zero faith and being easily intimidated, remember who some of these men were, they were trained seamen who grew up on those waters. They knew the difference between an average storm and one that was going to kill them. So they wake Jesus up, He rebukes the wind and the waves, commands them by saying, “Peace, be still”. He then looks at His disciples and says, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?”
The miracle in this story is amazing, Jesus rebukes a storm and it submits to Him, no one would argue that this is nothing short of incredible. But there is something far more powerful in this story then that. It can be found in the very first verse of the story, verse 35 “On that day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” Jesus is the son of God, and before there was a storm, before there was anyone in a boat, the creator of the entire universe says to His disciples, “Let us go across to the other side.” He did not say, let’s go half way and drown. Notice how Jesus was fast asleep when everyone else was panicking. Maybe He read the Psalmists words in Psalm 4:8 “In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”
Today, let me encourage you, as Christians, we do not give up. We have the Holy Spirit living on the inside of us, guiding us, partnering with us. So when difficult times come, and they will, when the unexpected times come, and they will, we can stand on the word of God knowing that He didn’t send His son to die for us only to have us scattered and afraid and in a state of constant panic. You are a child of the Most High God. God has a plan for your life, not a plan to harm you but a plan to prosper you, He has hope for you and a future for you that is panic free. We need to remember who God is and that His word is final and complete so when the waves at work, or the winds in our homes try to come and convince us that we are done. We can rebuke them and command them to be still, because we know that our God is bigger then whatever would try to come against us!