Mark 4:35-41 (RKJNT) And the same day, when evening had come, he said to them, Let us pass over to the other side. 36 And when they had sent the multitude away, they took him just as he was in the boat. And there were also with him other boats. 37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was almost swamped. 38 And he was in the stern, asleep on a pillow: and they awoke him, and said to him, Teacher, do you not care that we perish? 39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 And he said to them, why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith? 41 And they were exceedingly fearful, and said to one another,what manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
First faith test?
This is another faith test lesson, but what is the message God has for you? The disciples were afraid and thought they would not make it through the storm, but Jesus was sleeping through the storm. Was Jesus concerned about His disciples’ lack of faith and the effect, fear? “Teacher, do you not care that we perish?” The disciples did not have faith in what Jesus could do; was this the first faith test for the disciples? “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”
- Bible study lovers challenge: If you love to study God’s word, take this challenge, see if this is the first time the disciples faced a faith test.
Proverbs 10:25 (NLT) When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation.
Consider this, Jesus spoke to the conditions causing the storm; the wind and the water, they obeyed (Matthew and Luke use the word ‘rebuked’ meaning to give a strong command; reprimand). “the wind ceased, and there was a great calm” The disciples saw Jesus cast out demons and heal the sick, but now “even the wind and the sea obey him”. To see natural forces obey Jesus made them “exceedingly fearful” and wonder “what type of man is this?” If only they had remembered the words of Nahum during this faith test.
Nahum 1:3-5 (NHEB) The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will by no means leave the guilty unpunished. The LORD has his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet. 4 He rebukes the sea, and makes it dry, and dries up all the rivers. Bashan languishes, and Carmel; and the flower of Lebanon languishes. 5 The mountains quake before him, and the hills melt away. The earth trembles at his presence, yes, the world, and all who dwell in it.
Mark 4:35-41 [(focus verses: 37-41; key verses: 38, 41) compare Matthew 8:23-27; Luke 8:22-25]; Nahum 1:2-11 (key verses: 3-5); Psalms 65:5-8 (key verses: 5, 7); Psalms 107:23-32 (focus verses: 23-25, 28-30; key verses: 28-30); John 14:25-31 (focus verses: 26-27; key verse: 27); Matthew 14:22-33 (focus verses: 24-30, 32; key verses: 29-30); 2 Corinthians 5:1-8 (focus verses: 1, 6-8; key verse: 7)
Psalms 32:7-11 (TLB) You are my hiding place from every storm of life; you even keep me from getting into trouble! You surround me with songs of victory. 8 I will instruct you (says the Lord) and guide you along the best pathway for your life; I will advise you and watch your progress. 9 Don’t be like a senseless horse or mule that has to have a bit in its mouth to keep it in line!
10 Many sorrows come to the wicked, but abiding love surrounds those who trust in the Lord. 11 So rejoice in him, all those who are his, and shout for joy, all those who try to obey him.
Jesus was calm during the storm, “asleep on a pillow“; child of God, are you a true follower of Christ during your stormy faith tests? Are you comfortably calm like Jesus or afraid (and worried) like the disciples? Once while driving through a high-wind area, in a Volkswagen (bug), I did what Christ did, through the power of the Holy Spirit, I spoke to / rebuked the wind, it ceased. Stand on faith during you stormy faith tests and know that by faith God will work for and through you if you believe. Peter was a classic example of what not to do; do not look at the conditions and circumstances that surround you, keep your eyes and mind on the Lord.
Matthew 14:27-32 (RKJNT) But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, Take heart; it is I; do not be afraid. 28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it is you, bid me come to you on the water. 29 And he said, Come. And Peter got down out of the boat, and walked on the water to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, Lord, save me. 31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said to him, O you of little faith, why did you doubt? 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
I call it “using your Spiritual blinders”, we walk by faith (what we know and believe; the Lord will “stretch forth His hand” to catch /rescue us), not by sight (what we see and feel; bad economy | tired of interviewing, but no job | relationship problems, etc.). 2 Corinthians 5:6-9 Bible in Basic English (BBE) So, then, we are ever without fear, and though conscious that while we are in the body we are away from the Lord, 7 (For we are walking by faith, not by seeing,) 8 We are without fear, desiring to be free from the body, and to be with the Lord. 9 For this reason we make it our purpose, in the body or away from it, to be well-pleasing to him.”
Each stormy faith test brings a new chance to show your faith. I know you feel like giving up, the storms of life are there to test your faith; pass each faith test and be blessed my friends—Tim.
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