Unexpected Storms (Mark 4:35-41)Pastor Justin Pratt, September 10, 2017
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
The last two weeks have seen two hurricanes batter the Texas and Florida coasts. These storms of wind, rain, and waves have devastated the areas. Our prayers are with them this morning.
Just like the hurricanes that we have seen this week, the Disciples faced a "great" storm, a mega storm, much like a named storms we have today. The Disciples, many of whom were fishermen and knew how to handled themselves in the storms, had to wake the Master in order to overcome the storm they faced.
There are times in everyone's lives when a sudden, unexpected storm hits; the death of a loved one, terminal cancer, the loss of a job or a home, etc. They are unexpected, and out of our control. There are times when we've done all we know to do, and we have no other option than to run to the Master for help.
So how can we face the Unexpected Storms that come up in our lives? The same way the Disciples did...
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35And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. 36And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. 37And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. 38And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? 39And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? 41And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him? (KJV)