asleep in the storm


Mark, chapter four, tells us the story of when Jesus and His disciples were crossing the sea in a boat and a storm with strong winds came up suddenly. When they’d left shore, the sea was peaceful and calm. Now it had unexpectedly turned wild and dangerous. There was a fierce gale, and the waves were breaking over the boat. In fact, the boat started to fill up with water. Fear gripped them as they wondered if they could survive this sudden storm. It had come out of nowhere.


You can probably identify. Things seem to be going smoothly, when suddenly, out of nowhere, your world is turned upside down.

In the stormy situation, Jesus was resting peacefully.

While they were frightened and worried, they noticed that Jesus was not. In fact, He was asleep on a cushion in the stern of the boat. In the stormy situation, Jesus was resting peacefully. So, they woke Him up and said, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”

We might feel like the disciples sometimes. It might seem like Jesus isn’t paying attention to our problems. Our world is in chaos and He doesn’t seem that concerned. We might think that He is asleep in the middle of our storm.

He isn’t worried that everything will end in chaos.

But like with the disciples, Jesus isn’t surprised by the challenges of our lives. He isn’t worried that everything will end in chaos. Once He awakened in the boat, He simply rebuked the wind and told it to be still. Then He said to the disciples, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

If we hold on to Jesus in faith—whether the circumstances be calm or turbulent—we can trust that He will deal with the storms in our lives. He’s not worrying. And we don’t need to either.

Tony Evans Dr. Tony Evans is the founder and senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, founder and president of The Urban Alternative and...

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