STORMS – by Raphael ben Levi
“(Yeshua) awoke, rebuked the wind, and said to the waves,’Quiet! Be still!’ The wind subsided and there was a dead calm.” (Mark 4:39)
When we are facing extreme storms where our very sanity and survival seems to be at stake and we are completely overwhelmed by our circumstances, do we reach out and rest in the knowledge that no matter how things may appear, He is in full control? Where was Yeshuain the story? Sleeping! And when that was disturbed, He rebuked the wind and waves that became instantly calm!
Paul faced these types of things on more than one occasion: “We were under great pressure—so far beyond our strength that we despaired even of living. In fact, we had within ourselves the death sentence—so that we might not rely on ourselves, but on God who raises the dead. He who rescued us from so great a danger of death will continue to rescue us—we have set our hope on Him that He will rescue us again.” (2Co 1:8-10)
The thing is this. What is of primary importance is not our circumstances but how we respond to them. The disciples faced various choices. What would have happened if they had not decided not to awaken Yeshua? Simple. The storm would have eventually abated and He would have continued to sleep! The circumstances would have remained unchanged.
But, the disciples in their desperation cried out to Yeshua to take control of the situation. Nothing wrong with their motivation. Who would not have done the same? Yet, Yeshua mildly rebuked them because there was something else its take here: “Why are you afraid? Even now you have no faith?” (verse 40). Fear is a cruel enemy and those who submit to it become its slave.
Here was another instance where Satan attempted to destroy Yeshua and His disciples but as always failed in his attempt. No demonic assault can ever succeed or prosper against us when we allow Yeshua to take the stern even when He may appear to be sleeping.