• Dr. Elizabeth Jackson

DO NOT FEAR THE STORM




As Floridians prepare for Hurricane Dorian, I am reminded of a biblical story of how Jesus and his disciples faced an unexpected storm.


Mark 4:36-41 (NLT), tells us...

36 So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed).


37 But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water.


38 Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion (pillow). The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?”


39 When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm.


40 Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”


41 The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!”



Just like Jesus and his disciples, sometimes, unexpected storms will arise in our lives. Even though our natural response to uncertainty and discomfort is fear, we must not be afraid.


Jesus taught us eight important lessons about being in a storm.

  1. We will experience unexpected storms, whether or not we want them.

  2. We must remain calm during a storm and make decisions from a place of tranquility, not a place of fear.

  3. We must be careful of who we listen to while in the storm. The voice of faith will say, “Be still! Trust God! You’re okay, you’ll get through this!” But the voice of fear will torment you into making wrong decisions. It will say, “God doesn’t care about you! You’re all alone in this storm! You won’t make it out alive!”

  4. We are not alone during the storm—Jesus is with us!

  5. We can rest in Jesus, just as he rested on a pillow during the storm.

  6. We won’t sink or suffer any loss during the storm.

  7. We don’t have to be afraid of the storm. God has given us power over the fierce and boisterous winds in our lives.

  8. We can speak to the storm and command it to be quiet, just as Jesus did.



Conclusion

While we wait on God’s divine intervention to protect us from this storm, let us continue to pray that it will downgrade and dissipate. Please be safe everyone! If your city asks you to evacuate, do so—without hesitation.





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