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Do you ever experience times in your life where you wonder if God sees what you’re going through? Does it feel as though you are out there in the midst of a great tempest and Jesus doesn’t care? You’re not alone. There were some men who felt that way once. Learn how Jesus is there in the storms of life even when you feel He’s asleep in the boat!
Jesus Asleep In a Great Storm
In Mark we read:
And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?Mark 4:36-38 ESV
Have you experienced moments like that?
Several of these men were fisherman. They were no strangers to storms.
The boat was obscured by these waves. So it is likely no one would be able to sleep through this storm. These experienced fisherman were scared! The water was apparently pouring into the boat.
But Jesus slept.
Jesus was asleep in the boat while it flooded with wind and waves!
Jesus Was Asleep in the Boat – Don’t You Care?
I can only imagine the disciples wondered that as they looked upon the sleeping Messiah.
“Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”
Mark goes on to tell us:
Have you ever felt like the disciples?
Have you been in the midst of the storms of life and wondered “Jesus, do you not care that I am going through this?”
Because you don’t seem to hear an answer. You feel like your prayers aren’t being heard. You wonder, ‘am I in this alone?’.
Peace! Be Still!
Then the time comes when the storms of life stop raging. Jesus speaks to your situation and says ‘Peace! Be still!’
And like the winds and waves stopped immediately at His command, you will experience that calm in your own life.
But Jesus said something else. He rebuked the disciples for their lack of faith.
Even though the Messiah was with them, they believed they would perish. They believed He would let the storm overtake them.
Why are you so afraid? Have you STILL no faith?Mark 4:40
Have you STILL no faith? Wow! How that must have stung.
They saw Him do miracles. He healed the sick. Gave sight to the blind. Cast out demons. Yet somehow they feared the storm with Him right there in the boat.
Yet we do the same don’t we? His Spirit is with us and yet we fear the storms of life.
Much like Peter when He walked on the waves to Jesus and took His eyes off His Savior and put them onto his situation, we lose sight of who is there with us!
How to Keep Your Faith in God While Overcoming the Storms of Life
One way you can go about keeping your faith while overcoming the storms of life is by reading the Word and studying it as well.
Read the Word like a love letter and study it like a manual for living because it is both of those things.
You should take the time to just sit and read and see what God has to speak to you but then you should also study it, commit verses to memory, look up other verses that are on similar topics and so on.
You can use the SOAP Bible Study Method to help you get started!Read the Word like a love letter and study it like a manual for living! #biblestudy #theWord Click To Tweet
Prayer is the next key to overcoming the storms of life! Having a rich prayer life will help you lean into God’s grace in times of need. Spend time regularly speaking to the Lord and sharing your hopes and fears with Him.
If you are not sure how to pray, you can learn to pray confidently with the ACTS Method of Prayer.
Create a war room where you can come away from everything and just be with the Lord. This can be a room or it can be a corner of a room! Some people literally create a prayer closet!
To help build your prayer life and create a War Room anywhere you are, I recommend Warrior Women: Creating a Custom War Binder for a Powerful Prayer Life
I use this in my own life and it helps me tremendously!
2 Timothy 1:7
for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. ESV
...but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. ESV
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. NIV
Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. NIV
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. NKJV
Cast your burden on the Lord,And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. NKJV
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most HighShall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;My God, in Him I will trust.” NKJV
Psalm 91: 9-13
Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you,To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up,Lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. NKJV
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. NIV
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. NIV
Overcoming the Storms of Life – My Storm
As I write this (or maybe it is WHY I write this) I am going through more health concerns.
For those who don’t know me, I had a stroke in June of 2019 at the age of 53. God did miraculous things and I made a full recovery in a matter of weeks not months!
But then I found out I had severe spinal issues, one of which had me hauled into surgery right away.
I’d love to tell you that everything went great but it didn’t. I am sure my surgical site is fine but my back has more issues that just that and the surgery may have made things worse in other places.
I have been bed-ridden mostly since September. It is most definitely a storm for me.
But my community of friends, church family, my followers, have all rallied around me and prayed for me and encouraged me in overcoming the storms of life that seem to have flooded in recently. And that encouragement includes all of you!
I have received emails and social media messages and it has blessed me more than you know!
I know Jesus knows the storm around me and I know He’s got it. So He can sleep because I trust Him to allow me to work out my faith! His sleep is an opportunity for me to trust and exercise that faith.
His sleep serves as a reminder that if He is not worried about the storm around me, why should I be?
Jesus is not scared by your storm! Overcoming the storms of life means I have to stand on His Word and not my feelings. Jesus asleep should not concern me, and it should not concern you either!Jesus is not scared by your storm! #faith #jesus Click To Tweet
Do You Feel Jesus Was Asleep in the Boat in Your Storm? – Your Story
In what ways have you drawn your strength from the Word or from prayer that help you while overcoming the storms of life? Please share them in the comments so we can encourage one another!
We would love to learn about your experience and your story! While I love encouraging my readers, I love seeing us come together as a community to help one another.
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