Mark 4:35-41 (NKJV) 35 On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” 36 Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 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?” 39 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. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”
This is a very familiar scene in the life of Jesus and His disciples. A great lesson was learned that day. But do you know what made them fear? It was not so much the fact that Jesus quieted the storm by speaking to it, but that it responded immediately. The storm just disappeared; there was a sudden calm. This miracle was so great that it made the disciples afraid. What a wonderful lesson we learn here. Jesus puts us into the storms of life so that we may trust in Him, and grow closer to Him. And in doing so, we can know Him better. This wonderful lesson is captured beautifully in Edward Hopper’s hymn “Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me”
1 Jesus, Savior, pilot me,
Over life’s tempestuous sea;
Unknown waves before me roll,
Hiding rock and treach’rous shoal;
Chart and compass come from Thee:
Jesus, Savior, pilot me!
2 As a mother stills her child,
Thou canst hush the ocean wild;
Boist’rous waves obey Thy will
When Thou say’st to them, “Be still!”
Wondrous Sov’reign of the sea,
Jesus, Saviour, pilot me!
3 When at last I near the shore,
And the fearful breakers roar
‘Twixt me and the peaceful rest,
Then, while leaning on Thy breast,
May I hear Thee say to me,
“Fear not, I will pilot thee!”
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.