Staying Calm in the Storm
INTRO: In early Christian art the Church was depicted as a boat driven upon a perilous sea—very early this incident was understood as a sign of Jesus' saving presence in the persecution that threatened to overwhelm the church.
The disciples have trouble behaving correctly in a storm. The word Mark uses means more than an ordinary storm, it means A FURIOUS STORM. The disciples had weathered many storms but this one terrified them.
THE MINISTRY OF THE STORM.
I. THE STORM OFTEN COMES IN THE PATH OF OBEDIENCE.
1. This journey was undertaken at the Lord's command. They responded with unquestioning obedience. This made the storm harder to understand and the Lord's attitude quite inexplicable.
2. Paul's journey to Rome and the storm.
3. Paul's call "What great things He must suffer for my sake."
4. Paul in Acts. 20:22, 23
5. Daniel and Three Hebrew Children
Sometimes the storms of obedience are greater than normal storms.
II. THE STORM MAKES IT APPEAR THAT JESUS DOESN'T CARE.
"Carest Thou not that we perish?"
1. Perish: The present tense denotes that they saw themselves already going down to destruction.
2. Their cry implies a feeling of resentment at Jesus' apparent indifference to their peril. It was a cry of disbelief and astonishment.
3. "He slept." le is emphatic, contrasting Jesus' peace and the disciple's panic. He slept in spite of the storm...undisturbed by the danger. The crashing of the fierce waves did not disturb his sleep.
4. Gideon: "If the Lord be with us, why have all these things befallen us?"
5. Hab. I "How long, O Lord?"
6. "My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?"
THE LORD'S WAY
I asked the Lord that I might grow
In faith and love and every grace-
Might more of His salvation know,
And seek more earnestly His face.
'Twas He who taught me thus to pray,
And He, I trust, has answered prayer;
But it ...
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