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January 11, 2018

A storm in a teacup

by Alvaro Lima

When they had sent the crowd away, they took Him in the boat just as He was. There were also other little boats with Him. A great wind storm arose, and the waves splashed into the boat, so that it was now filling the boat. He was in the stern asleep on a pillow. They woke Him and said, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing? He rose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” Then the wind ceased and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is that you have no faith?(Mark 4:36-40)

It seemed to have come out of nowhere. Suddenly, the sky darkened, the howling wind sent the waves crashing against the boat, and all logic left them. The disciples were not expecting such a boisterous storm, so, when it hit, they forgot that Jesus – the One who did the impossible before their very eyes – was in the boat with them, and they gave themselves over to fear, anxiety, panic, and desperation.

‘How is this possible?’ you may think, but isn’t this exactly what happens to many when an unexpected problem arises? They forget that Jesus is greater than any problem and, in doing so, limit His power.

God does not give us faith just to praise Him; He gives us faith to do exactly what Jesus did – calm the storm and turn the tide!

He rose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” Then the wind ceased and there was a great calm (Mark 4:39)

Every day this week, when you wake up, you are invited to use your faith and stand up to the storms in your life. Like Jesus, you will command the storms to be still. This seemingly irrational act is an act of faith. It is you rising up against all the storms that are trying to cause your boat (family, health, finances, etc.) to.

If you are going through a storm right now, remember that God is greater than any problems you may be facing. When you adopt the same attitude as Jesus and choose to be in faith rather than given in to the emotions of the moment, you realise that any problem that may rise against you is little more than a storm in a teacup because Jesus is in your ‘boat’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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