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Facing the Storms
Sunday, August 28 2011

"Do You Not Yet Have Faith?"...

When facing the storms of life, we must put our faith in Jesus:

"Leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat just as he was. And other boats were with him. A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat, so that it was already filling up. Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion. They woke him and said to him, 'Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?' He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, 'Quiet! Be still!' The wind ceased and there was great calm. Then he asked them, 'Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?' They were filled with great awe and said to one another, 'Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?'  -Mark 4:36-41, NAB

Hurricane Irene has been battering on the east coast of the United States.  It has brought heavy winds and rain that has left a trail of destruction.  Overnight, people's lives have been turned upside down by the destructive power of the hurricane, but in the midst of all that, they must hold onto their faith.

At one time or another, we will all face storms in life.  Whether they are actual storms like hurricanes and tornadoes, or they are storms of a different nature, like financial problems, illness, or family problems.  It is not a matter of if the storms come, but when.  When the storms come, and they will, we must be ready to face them head on with the shield of our faith in Jesus Christ.

When it comes to facing storms, we will all stumble in faith from time to time.  In today's verse, we even see those closest to Jesus, who saw His miracles with their own eyes, struggle with faith when facing a storm.  They called out to Him, worried about their lives.  After calming the storm, He rebuked them for their lack of faith.  Even after all that they had seen, they still questioned the power of Jesus in their lives.

Sometimes, we begin to wonder if God is asleep at the wheel.  We wonder if he is paying attention to the struggles we are facing, and we question why He would allow this to happen to us.  He has promised to love and protect us, but we still face the storms of life anyway.  Just when we think that He is not paying attention, He comes through to bring a miracle into our lives.  Somehow, we forget times in the past when He took control of our lives and protected us.  We forget about all of the miracles we have seen Him do.  Despite all that Christ has done for us, we stumble in our faith.

Facing storms is something inevitable.  At some point in our lives, we will all face terrible storms that will threaten our lives as we know it, but we must be steadfast in our faith, trusting our Lord to pull us through.  Christ, who commands the wind and sea, can protect us in any storm.  No matter what we may be facing, Christ will be there for us.  All we have to do is ask.

 

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