Text: Mark 4:35-41
“Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.”
Mark 4:39 NKJV
Weather forecast has helped to minimize accidents or catastrophe due to storms. Unfortunately, no weather forecast will ever be 100% accurate, as it’s impossible to know for certain how nature will behave from moment to moment. Severe weather events such as thunderstorms and tornadoes can come seemingly out of nowhere. Weather isn’t always predictable. Even though, one-day forecasts are generally accurate, yet it’s success rate is still not 100%.
Apart from physical storms, there are also storms of life. They are threatening troubles, difficulties and problems of life. They come to take you off the course God would have you run. They come to deter you and to literally keep you from being all God wants you to be; from having all God wants you to have; and from doing all He wants you to do. They simply come to stop you. Storms of life, most often, are unpredictable.
For example, Joseph went out on a normal day to visit his brother but encountered a storm which came to end his destiny but eventually left him as a slave. Thereafter, his refusal to sleep with Potiphar’s wife raised a greater storm, that turned him into a prisoner. From a visit to his brothers, he became a slave and then a prisoner, yet the storm couldn’t kill him but moved him closer to his destiny.
Also, the wife of a certain prophet, who, until her husband’s demise, lived satisfactorily and in peace, woke up one morning to be hit by a storm which threatened to take her two sons into slavery for her late husband’s debt! None of these ever anticipated these storms.
Likewise and according to our text, the storm that came against the disciples on the sea came without notice. Even though, Jesus was the One who invited them for the journey and was in the boat with them, yet the storm blew against their boat and threatened their lives. Friends, don’t be surprised when storms come to you without notice. Don’t marvel on why the storm should come upon you when you are on a God-sent assignment. Jesus in your boat doesn’t mean you won’t experience a storm. Yes, righteousness doesn’t immune you from the storm of life, neither does being in the will of God exempt you. In fact, both believers and the unbelievers; righteous and the unrighteous experience the storms of life. Anytime a believer attempts to cross to another side, cross to a place of destiny or move to advance kingdom matters, storms usually arise. The goal of the storm is to stop you (1 Cor 16:9).
Friends, whenever you experience a storm, know that there is something great ahead of you which the adversaries don’t want you to have. There is a great and an effectual door which has been opened for you but which the adversaries don’t want you to enter. There is a destiny waiting for your manifestation at the other side and without which he will perish! So, rather than giving up or entertaining fear, stand up in faith against the storm and the Lord will arise to still the storm for you. No storm will be able to stop the fulfillment of your destiny in Jesus name.
1. Let every storm sent to stop my journey of destiny be stilled now in Jesus name.
2. O Lord, please arise now to still the storm raging against me in Jesus name.
1. Even though, I am not immune from the storm of life but with Jesus in it with me, I am immune from its effects.
2. The onset of storms indicate to me that there is something great ahead which the devil doesn’t want me to have.