That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” (Mark 4:35-41).

We need to remember that in the midst of our storms Jesus is with us. He hasn’t abandoned us. He hasn’t forgotten us. He goes with us through the storms. Sometimes the storms are the result of sin; ours or others. Sometimes the storms are the result of evil; Satan tempting us. Sometimes the storms are sent to strengthen us; God using our situations to help us grow and draw us closer to Him. We can’t know the cause in the midst of the storm, or sometimes even afterwards. However, we need to remember that Jesus is by our side.

Second, he cares. God is not indifferent to our circumstances. God is good. God is love and he loves us. He is not capricious. He does not delight in our hurt or pain. No, God wants what is best for us. It is certainly difficult to see that in the midst of a storm, but God is for us.

Finally, Jesus calms our storms. He doesn’t always calm them the way we would like or within our time frame, but he does restore peace to our lives.

How have you seen Jesus walk with you through the storm (usually we can only see after the fact)? How has he demonstrated his care for you? How has he restored peace?

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