Mark 6:45-54
Sometimes life gets tough! It can get messy fast and, sometimes, there seems to be no end to it and no end to how bad it can get. During these tough times we all need a God we can feel standing by us! Of all the promises Jesus gave us in the scripture, which ranges from Heaven, eternal life, rapture, etc.; you’ll all agree with me that among the most meaningful are those where He says, "I will never leave thee", Heb. 13:5; "Lo I am with you alway", Matt. 28:20; and "I will not leave you comfortless, I will come to you.", John 14:18. When life stinks, and it does often, we have our Lord with us to help us and to guide us through it all. This truth is demonstrated in these verses. Reflecting on the Storm and the Disciples and how these men endured this time of testing can teach us some truths that we need to know when we face our storms. Believe it or not we will face storms! In fact, we are in one of three places of life today: In a storm, coming out of a storm, or preparing to go into a storm. Regardless of where we might be today, we all need the lessons taught in the scriptures to help us endure our time on life's stormy sea. As I bring this message, I want you to keep the last phrase in v.32 in mind, "and the wind ceased." Let us look at some spiritual principles that guided the disciples before the storm arose.
The storm came because they were in the will of God. It is always safer to be in the storm in God's will than to be on land out of God's will!) Because Jesus sent them it was the will of God for their life and Jesus saw it before the storm came and He had already made a way for them. But sometimes we tend to be clouded by what we have from preachers in the past regarding storms which I call myths. That is, “Believe that obedience to God produces smooth sailing”, or if we are in a storm, it must be that:
1. It’s the result of sin - John 9:1-3 – “1And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.  2And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?  3Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him”.
2. It’s the result of disobedience - Ill. John 16:33 – ”These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”.
3. If God cared, He would have stopped it. ( Did Jesus know? Yes! He deliberately sent them into the storm. His purpose was to grow their faith)
Sometimes there are storms of correction and storms of perfection. Isa. 55:8-9 Does He care? Yes! He knows what is best for you! – “8For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  9For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts”.
4. I don't deserve this! (Why not? What makes us better than anyone else?) Job 14:1; 5:7 – “1Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble. 7Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward”. Our greatest enemy is usually ourselves -  
However, sometimes the storm is Satanic in origin -  The devil knows that the Lord sent you he sometimes bring storm our ways. 2 Tim. 3:12. Satan hates it when you grow! But, Jesus must allow this also - Job 1-2
A. He Was Watching
1. He saw their labor – or He saw their Torture. This describes our trials sometimes. He knows the load we bear - Heb. 4:14-16; 1 Cor. 10:13; 1 Peter 5:7)
2. He saw their opposition - He knows what you are fighting against right now! - Job 23:10; Psa. 1:6; Psa. 139:1-12
B. God knows what He is doing! Our job is to submit to Him and allow Him His way in our lives - Rom. 8:28, 2 Cor. 4:17. Ill. Grandma and "Has it come to that?" It always does! It might as well start there! He is absolute Sovereign and He never makes mistakes!
A. v.46 He Prayed For Them - Heb. 7:25; Rom. 8:34. If Jesus were in the Next room praying for you, would it make you feel better? Of course! Well, He isn't in the next room, but He is in Heaven and He is praying for you!
B. v.48 He came to them - Heb. 13:5; Matt. 28:20 He was already there:
1. In the darkest hour - Phil. 4:6-7
2. The thing they feared most brought him to them - Our need is evidence of His supply in waiting,
and the guarantee of His presence! Phil. 4:19 - God is committed to you!
3. When all possibility of human help was removed - John 6:19; Heb. 11:1. God demands that He receive all the glory - Isa. 42:8; Ex. 20:5
4. He came in His own time - God is seldom early, but He is never late!
C. v.50-51 He calmed their storm -  They didn't recognize Him, because they were not looking for Him! How many times have we missed the presence of God in our time of need?
1. He came declaring His authority -  "I AM". He is still God - Heb. 13:8
2. He addressed their fear - Stop fearing and never fear again! 2 Tim. 1:7
3. He calmed their storm - The waves and the winds laid down at His feet like little puppies! He can calm your storm also! Matt. 28:18. The span - Isa. 40:12. We have been ordered to the other side and we are going to get there too!
...And the winds ceased!"
The most amazing aspect of the book of Mark 6, to me anyway, is verse 51. We are just like the disciples. Our storms rage, we finally call upon the Lord, He stills the storm and we stand there with our mouths open and say "WOW!”. And, all the while, He is waiting on us to call on Him. What is your storm today? Folk, Jesus can handle it! Come on, call on Him and in His time, the wind will cease in your storm too. Sometimes, He calms us in the storm. He can still the storm in your heart right now, John 14:27. Perhaps your problem is sin related - Jesus is a specialist in this area. In fact, He even suffered death so that He might be able to take care of your sin problem. But, He can't do it until you come to Him and ask! Won't you come?


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