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What to Do When the Storms Come

(Continued from last week – final installment)

By Evangelist M. W. Alderman

       

2.  THE FEARS DURING THE STORM (verses 38-40).

     There is a natural fear that comes with the storms of life. Now, like never before, in our country and throughout the world so much awful stuff is happening, and fear is beginning to grip us all, especially if we are not trusting God. These disciples were afraid because they were not trusting. They forgot that the Lord had said, “Let us pass over unto the other side…”

     He did not say, let us get to the middle of the lake and sink the boat. They simply did not trust the Lord when this great storm came.

a.  Because Of Unbelief, They Were Afraid of The Potential Dangers.

     When the Lord said, Peace, be still, He was using a word that He used to rebuke the demons. It was as though He was saying to the storm, “Be muzzled!” as one would muzzle an angry dog. This gives indication that this storm was no ordinary storm, but one sent by Satan. I have been in storms that could certainly be described as Satanic in origin. You can sense that it is just that.

     When these kinds of storms come, you must guard your mind, because you will begin imagining all kinds of things taking place. Keep you mind upon Him, instead.

b.  Because of Unbelief, They Were Afraid of Possible Destruction.

     This is indicated by them when they said, “Master, carest thou not that we perish?” The Lord wants us to focus upon and trust Him rather than focus upon the storm. You can believe Him to do as He says in His Word. Psalm 37:5 says, “Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”

 3.  THE FAITH IN THE STORM (Verse 41).

     To begin with, they had His promise that they were going to the other side (Mark 4:35). His commandments are always His enablement, and nothing can hinder the working out of His plans. He did not promise an easy trip, but He did promise a guaranteed arrival at their destination.

     Second, the Lord Himself was with them, so what was there to fear? They had already seen His power demonstrated in His miracles, so they should have had complete confidence that He could handle the situation. For some reason, the disciples did not yet understand that He was indeed the Master of every situation.

     Finally, they could see that Jesus was perfectly at peace, even in the midst of the storm. This fact alone should have encouraged them. Jesus was in God’s will and knew that the Father would care for Him, so He even took a nap.

     Jonah slept during a storm because he had a false sense of security, even though he was running from God. Jesus slept in the storm because He was truly secure in God’s will. “I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep, for Thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety” (Psalm 4:8).

a.  Having Faith Will Help You to Trust.

     Romans 14:23 says, “…whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” In Hebrews 11:6, we are told, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Trusting God is so vital, and when you are going through your most difficult storm, you must trust him more. Have faith in God.

     Hebrews 11:1-2 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report.”

b.  Having Faith Will Help You to Travel.

     Certainly, we have heard the expression, “I have come this far by faith.” The FAITH WAY is the way that the trusting believer travels. Those who were with Jesus were fearful because they were faithless. There is a no more difficult journey for the believer than when he begins to travel by sight rather than by faith. As we sail upon the sea of life, even when the tempest is raging, may we always trust Him, who is the Captain of the ship!

c.  Having Faith Will Help You to Triumph.

     The song says, “Faith is the victory” and that victory is in Jesus. If you have placed your trust in Him, you need not fear – you will get to the other side. Read the words of these beloved songs,

On Jordan’s Stormy Banks

“On Jordan’s stormy banks I stand,

And cast a wishful eye

To Canaan’s fair and happy land,

Where my possessions lie.”

 

Jesus, Saviour, Pilot Me

Jesus, Saviour, pilot me

Over life’s tempestuous sea:

Unknown waves before me roll,

Hiding rocks and treacherous shoal;

Chart and compass come from Thee –

Jesus, Savior, pilot me!

                            – Edward Hopper

     Conclusion: When we are really believing the Lord, we are on a journey that involves trusting the Master of the ship come what may. You may be going through your storm at this very moment. Please trust Him, He will never let you down. What Should You Do When the Storms Come:

  • Keep your focus on the Word of God instead of the waves in the storm
  • Have confidence that you will get to the other side, not sink in the middle of Your storm
  • Realize that the storms should birth a testimony, NOT terror

 

(From the Staff: This article has been used by permission from the writer. We pray that it has been a blessing and an encouragement to you. Remember: no matter what you are facing, God is in control and you can trust Him even though you may not be able to trace what He is doing in your life. Romans 8:28) 

The Peoples Gospel Hour Staff

 

 

 

 
 

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The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).

There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”

But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)

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