Endure the storms of life
My friends, be glad, even if you have a lot of trouble. You know that you learn to endure by having your faith tested [James 1:3-4 (CEV)]. So, you can endure the storms of life.
When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation [Proverbs 10:25 (NLT)].
A violent squall came on, and the waves kept dashing into the boat so that the boat was actually filling. Jesus was in the stern asleep on the pillow; the disciples roused him and cried:
“Teacher! Is it nothing to you that we are lost?” Jesus rose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea: “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind dropped, and a great calm followed. “Why are you so timid?” he exclaimed.
“Have you no faith yet?” But they were struck with great awe, and said to one another: “Who can this be that even the wind and the sea obey him?” [Mark 4:37-41 (OEB)]
First faith test?
How did disciples handle their faith test? First, it seems they 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 which is 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.
Speak to the storm
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). Afterall, 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.
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 [Nahum 1:3-5 (NHEB)].
When the storm of your faith test comes, speak to the storm. Use your power and authority in Jesus name say, peace, be still!
Faith Test wrap-up
You are my hiding place from every storm of life; Lord, 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 [Psalms 32:7-11 (TLB)].
Child of God, are you a true follower of Christ during your stormy faith tests? Jesus was calm during the storm, “asleep on a pillow” [Mark 4:38]. 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.
Learn from Peter
Peter was a classic example of what not to do. He took his eyes off of Jesus and begin to focus on the situation. Do not look at the conditions and circumstances that surround you. Keep your eyes and mind on the Lord.
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 [Matthew 14:27-32 (RKJNT)].
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; unemployed; relationship problems, etc.).
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” [2 Corinthians 5:6-9 (BBE)].
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.
Learn to pass each faith test and be blessed my friends—♥ Tim.☺
Bible study Scriptures outline
Note: parenthesis (#) enclose the key verses.
James 1:2-8 (3-4); Mark 4:35-41 [(38 and 40-41) compare Matthew 8:23-27; Luke 8:22-25]; Nahum 1:2-11 (3-5); Proverbs 10:23-25 (25). Psalms 32:6-11 (7); 2 Corinthians 5:1-8 (7); Matthew 14:22-33 (29-30).
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♥ Question for “Faith Test – Calm through the Storms”: Remain calm and stand on faith during your stormy faith test, are you going through a faith test now? Are you calm and at peace, knowing that the Lord will bring you through?
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