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Today’s slice of the bread of life, the Word of God, is Mark 4:37 -41:
And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” 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. But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”
Let me mention at the beginning of this message that much of it comes from a book written by grand lady of the Lord who lives in Lucedale. The name of her book is “I’m in the Midst of the Storm – But Jesus is in the Boat with Me”. Her name is Barbara Middleton. I will give you information about the book at the end of today’s message.
Numerous storms come our way in life. Some are tornadoes, some are hurricanes, some are thunderstorms, and some are just a light spring rain. But they pelt us. The only thing we can do is reach for the sword, the Word of God. The gentle words can be so soothing that you recognize as the presence of God
“And, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” – Matthew 28:20
The sword can be double-edged, breaking asunder the soul and spirit. It can separate what is of God and what is not. The other edge can be a discerner of thoughts and intents of the heart. It can be used prayerfully, in such a way that God will speak to you in the midst of your storm through the sword, the word of God.
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
How many storms have come at you like a tornado, without warning. Financial setbacks, emotional upheaval, physical sickness, mental distress. The spiritual light seems to go out in your life. We all experience such storms at some time.
But when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed it was a ghost, and cried out; for they all saw Him and were troubled. And immediately He talked with them and said to them, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” Then He went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled.
The busyness of the disciples kept them from seeing their master. When they did see him they were troubles. “Look! What is that?” “I don’t know, it looks like an apparition.” But Jesus spoke to them to calm their troubled spirits. “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” Imagine, if you can, the wonderment of the disciples when Jesus stepped into the boat and suddenly the wind stopped blowing.
My friends, if you are not going through a storm now, you may go through one in the near future. Just remember that coincidences are not a part of God’s will. God has a plan for each one of us. He places the right people and incidences into your life. We must be able to recognize these people and incidences as He sends them to us. It may be a sermon. It may be a Bible verse that speaks to us. It may be a dear friend with a loving word. It may be a stranger who does not even know of your plight and never realize that he or she delivered a message from God in what they said. Romans 8:28:
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.