March 16, 2020
Trusting the Lord in All Circumstances
By: Dave Nodar
”…As evening drew on, Jesus said to them, “Let us cross to the other side.” A violent storm came up and waves were breaking over the boat, so that it was already filling up. Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion. They woke him and said to him, 'Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?' He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, 'Peace! Be still!' The wind ceased and there was great calm. Then he asked them, 'Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?' They were filled with great awe and said to one another, 'Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?'”
There are times in our personal lives and in world events that are completely out of our control. Do you know that feeling? That’s how the disciples, led by commercial watermen, felt as their boat took on water to the level that they became terrified. Meanwhile, our Lord Jesus is sound asleep in the peace of God, perhaps from exhaustion. In terror, they wake him up with all the emotion of drowning men. Jesus gets up, unaffected by their fear, and rebukes the wind. He speaks his peace to the sea. Awesome!
Wouldn’t you like to have seen that happen?
Well, we can. Right now in our current events.
First, His Lordship prevails over all circumstances.
Second, He wants you and me to have confidence in His Lordship in all circumstances. He calls us to grow in faith in His faithfulness in every circumstance.
Third, because He is the Lord of all history, and our personal Lord, we can give thanks in all circumstances! (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
Fourth, He intends to use us precisely in times of terror to bring others to Him (Acts 16:16-34). He is the Lord who has defeated sin, Satan, and death. He wants to save all people and you are His ambassador!
Jesus said to the disciples, “Let us cross to the other side” (Mark 4:37). This is the same One, the eternal Word, who in the beginning created all that is, saying, “Let us…” (Genesis 1:26). He is the LORD.
The disciples were going over to the other side, come hell or high water. Jesus had spoken. It was settled.
For the times we are living in, we ask the Lord to increase our faith in His faithfulness. To have utter certainty that He is Lord and is sending us out precisely when others are terrified.
He is calling us to bear witness to His love and mercy by being disciples who He sends out to make known His love, forgiveness, and power. Ask the Lord to give you His peace in these times so that you may bring others to Him.