Big Storms, Bigger God

Mark 4:35-41 NASB
“On that day, when evening came, He said to them, “Let’s go over to the other side.” After dismissing the crowd, they took Him along with them in the boat, just as He was; and other boats were with Him. And a fierce gale of wind developed, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling with water. And yet Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They became very much afraid and said to one another, “Who, then, is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?”

This will be a short post. If you are like me, there are times when the storms that come into my life cause me to become afraid, the “what if’s” start to make themselves known, followed by the “what will happen next” thoughts. 
Sometimes these storms can get pretty ugly and literally take us to our knees. God reminded me this morning of this incident that is recorded in the Gospel of Mark. The disciples became fearful because they focused their attention on the storm and neglected to realize the implications of WHO was in the boat with them. Don’t allow the storms in your life to overshadow who is in the same boat with you. Your storms may in fact get your attention, but don’t forget that God is bigger than any storm we may face. 

And one more Scripture just to nail this puppy down. Romans 8:31-39 NASB
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring charges against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, but rather, was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or trouble, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? Just as it is written:

For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We were regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

And therein lies our peace!

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!


  1. Amen Bruce. On tough nights when I toss and turn, I have to remind myself that “Greater is He who is in you, than He who is in the world. “(1 John 4:4) At the time it just doesn’t feel that way, but my fear is far smaller than Jesus Christ our Lord.


  2. Thank you for this reassuring post Bruce. As I thought this over the thought occurred to me we are kinda like rail carriages coupled to the engine; no matter how steep or rough the track gets we are still secure in Christ our Engine. I suspect this illustration is quite limited in how far it xan be stretched. God bless you and your family today brother. 🙏


  3. Amen, Bruce! There’s the similar story about when Jesus walked on the water, and at His invitation Peter did, too. But when Peter saw the wind and the waves, he began to sink. It occurred to me, How does one SEE the wind? The things we can do when we take our eyes off Jesus!


  4. Good word Bruce. “We’re in the same boat” usually carries with it a negative connotation. But no matter who else is in the boat with us, He always will be. Cannot be more positive than that. Amen, brother!


    • Hi Steve. Understanding is one thing, trusting in that understanding, can be another. Yet ultimately; Jesus is our only hope, in spite of those waves and storms. Funny how some of those old-time hymns come back to mind. “Resting in Jesus, resting in Jesus, safe and secure from all life’s storms!” It’s humbling; when one stops to think about it. Blessings brother.

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    • OK, OK, make that “safe and secure from all alarms!”, I decided to check! Evidently, age has the ability to change one’s remembering capabilities, BUT I was close!


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