Mark 4:41 states, “Who then is this, that even the wind and sea obey Him?”
In 1998, Hurricane Mitch took 10,000 lives in Honduras, but that was small compared to the cyclone that killed 131,000 in Bangladesh on April 30, 1991, whose path of destruction left 9 million homeless. After that devastation, you can stand in awe of God or curse God.
A great wind came across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house and it fell upon the young people, and they died (Job 1:19). When boils came into Job’s life, Job’s wife said, “Curse God and die.” (Job 2:9). After that statement, Job said to his wife, “Shall we indeed receive good from God and not receive adversity?”
Jesus demonstrates His unlimited power over the natural world in Mark’s Gospel, Chapter 4, verses 35-41. Jesus and His disciples were on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, trying to get away from the crowds so they could rest for a while. Jesus wanted to go to the eastern shore, which had fewer people and small cities. Leaving the crowd, they took Jesus with them in a boat. A great windstorm appeared, which is a common occurrence on that lake that is about 690 feet below sea level and surrounded by hills. The storm was so severe that it took on the characteristics of a hurricane. The disciples, who were familiar with what can happen on this lake, thought that this storm would drown them. Jesus was so exhausted from a full day of healing and preaching that even the storm could not wake Him up. You’ve had those days when not even your alarm clock coupled with a caffeine laden cup of coffee from Starbucks could get you to open your eyes, haven’t you? “Peace! Be still!” or translated directly from the Greek, “Be silent, be muzzled.” Storms gradually weaken and eventually disperse, but when the Creator gave the order, this storm stopped immediately. The Disciples were filled with great fear. The fear was not one of being harmed by the storm, but a reverence for the supernatural power Jesus had just displayed. Can you imagine that the only thing more terrifying than having a raging storm outside your boat was having God in the boat! When you touch lives and build meaningful relationships with those in the midst of storms, the supernatural power of Jesus is on display and God gets the Glory!
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