Someone in front of me dumped their coffee out the window, giving me déjà vu. I just talked about the importance of not littering and polluting the environment yesterday, right?
Well, it happened again.
It was the perfect reminder that my convictions are not everyone else’s and that has to be okay.
You and I don’t get to control those around us. We don’t get to regulate and legislate their lives. If we try, we only drive ourselves crazy in the end.
Whether it pertains to the actions of people or the eventualities of life, there are some things that are simply beyond our control.
But not so with God. He’s in control of all things.
When we don’t understand, like or want what He allows, we have to know that our lives are in the hands of a loving, sovereign God who will take care of us.
Sometimes, when times get really rough, I know it’s easy to panic and think we’re going down. But never forget who has all power.
He is both creator and controller of the universe. The same God that created this great world, controls everything in it. So then, your problem, adversity and situation is not beyond His reach. In fact, everything is subject to Him.
That’s why when God speaks, your storm has to obey Him.
The disciples got this lesson in Mark 4:35-41 when they got caught in a storm.
Jesus had been teaching crowds of people all day and was exhausted. So he went into the stern of the boat and fell asleep on a cushion. But a furious storm arose and the waves rose up over the boat, so that it was nearly full of water. In a panic, the disciples woke Jesus up and said, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
Have you ever been facing something so intimidating, difficult and fierce that you wondered, does God even care? Does He see me? Does He hear my cries for help?
That’s the mental space the disciples were in.
So after they woke Jesus, He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
Jesus then turned and said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
Now here’s something fascinating.
After Jesus calmed the storm, the disciples still didn’t calm down. The Bible says in Mark 4:41, “They were terrified and asked each other, ‘Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!’”
That word terrified here is the Greek word phobeó, which, in this scripture, means to fear a great fear, or fear exceedingly. Instead of being awed by Jesus’ power and grateful for the miracle, their response was fear.
They went from being terrified because of the storm to being fearful that Jesus had power to calm it. Doesn’t that seem ridiculous? Sure it does.
But what it demonstrates is that these men were calling on Jesus in the midst of the storm with no expectancy. They did not even believe He had power to calm it, because if they did, they would not have been terrified after witnessing Him exercise His power over nature.
So, again, the disciples called on Jesus—who was fully God and man at the same time— in the midst of the storm, but didn’t believe He had power to calm it.
Why seek the Lord and ask for help and not believe He’s able?
Friend, listen to me. God is able to do anything. His power transcends everything you and I could ever think or imagine. He wants us to come boldly to Him, fully expecting a miraculous move.
"Whatever storm you’re facing, God has the power to calm it. There is nothing too hard for Him. He will turn it around."
The question is, do you believe that, or are you calling on Him with no expectancy in your heart?
Don’t be a doubtful disciple. Stand firmly in faith. Trust God wholeheartedly. Believe that the same Jesus who calmed the winds and waves simply by speaking to them, is speaking to your situation.
Believe in His power.
To remind you of how important your faith is, I feel led to stir the very same scripture from yesterday’s cup of inspiration into this one. It’s found in Hebrews 11:6 NIV, which says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, declare that God is able! Expect to see Him work. Prepare yourself for the awesome things He has in store for you.
Now let’s pray.
God, when powerful storm winds blow through my life, I yet declare that You are all-powerful. There is nothing too hard. So today, I call upon Your name, asking You to move in my circumstances. And I fully believe You will do it. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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