Imagine this: You’re in a life-threatening situation…say, you’re out at sea and a storm comes up. The winds are howling and tossing the boat around like it’s a matchstick. Waves are washing over the decks making it impossible to stand or walk. You and your friends are being thrown about the boat and it’s just like the title scenes on a Gilligan’s Island rerun but only there’s no island in sight. Why’s Jesus letting this happen to you? You’re a Believer. Only good things should happen to Christians and this storm is scary, life-threatening and you’re scared, worn out, wet and nowhere to turn. The storm doesn’t let up, it gets even more violent and it’s absolutely raging. The boat’s taking on too much water and there’s no way you’ll be able to make it to land. So, terrified, you call out to the Lord in prayer and nothing happens! You cry out to Him again and again and still no results. What’s the Lord of the Universe doing? Why isn’t He answering? What’s the matter? I’ll tell you. He’s in the back part of the boat with His head on a pillow. That’s right, on a pillow and He’s FAST ASLEEP.
Do you ever feel like that’s happening in YOUR situation? You feel like you’re going under and He just isn’t responding and you think, ‘How can this be happening?’ “Go to Sleep in Your Boat?” This was something I spoke about years ago and I talked about how some Christians let Jesus go to sleep in their boats and the storms of life almost wipe them out. Here’s a few reasons why God Jesus is able to sleep during your most violent storms in life. See, there are two sides to Jesus sleeping in your boat. We’ve already covered OUR side of it and now, we’re going to look at HIS side of it. Here’s why Jesus could sleep. First of all, His trust was in God. He knew that His life and all that He had was in the Father’s hand so, He had no reason to fear. Jesus was as safe and calm as if it were a bright sunny day and He was out in a field or meadow. Even when the storm was gathering, Jesus was at ease enough to grab a pillow, go into the back of the boat and fall asleep. His disciples weren’t asking Him questions or seeking His fellowship, so He had no reason NOT to rest. Since Jesus walked with the Father, He knew He was in the Father’s will. He had no doubt that His Heavenly Father would keep watch over Him in every situation. What our Father did for Jesus, He’ll do for us. 1 Peter 5:7 says for us not to get upset, worry, but cast all our cares on Him because He cares for us and Jesus could sleep knowing that He had left all that He had in the hands of the Great Caretaker.
Many times, I’ve stayed up at night, pacing, worrying my brain about the cares of the church and our people. Then, the Spirit reminds me that we deal with the One who neither slumbers nor sleeps and I think, “There’s np sense in TWO of us being up all night! I may as well go to bed and get some sleep.” He reminds me how foolish I am and He says, “Can’t you depend on Me? Isn’t this more of My concern than it is yours?” Then, I humble myself and say, “Lord, I unload my troubles and worries on You, I commit them to You in prayer and I promise not to worry about it anymore.” And, I leave them there. You say, “I can’t sleep during the storm like Jesus did, because I’m so concerned about my children and other loved ones.” Jesus could sleep during the storm because He cast His cares on the Father. Don’t you think He cared about His disciples as much as we care for OUR loved ones? if the ship sank, what would have happened to Peter, Andrew, James, John and the rest of them? He committed them to the Father’s keeping and went to sleep. We’re too much like the disciples. Look what happened to the disciples. If the ship sank, WHO would sink with them? He’s in the boat with you, too. Your life isn’t your own, it’s HIS! He said He’ll never leave you nor forsake you.
Even though they were in a storm, since Jesus was in it with them, they really WERE safe but they gave in to fear and the Bible says 1 John 4:18, “fear hath torment.” When you enter into fear, you lose all peace of mind and start getting irrational and insanity will set in. Their fear made them question whether Jesus really cared for them or not. In Mark 4:38, they went to Him and said, “Master, carest thou not that we perish?” We do the same thing. When times get tough or people seem to be unkind, we start accusing Jesus of not caring about us and we think that He’s being harsh and uncaring. This picture of the disciples reminds me of us. A word form Jesus changes everything. In Mark 4:39, Jesus “arose and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, ‘Peace, be still…’ and the wind ceased and there was a great calm.” When the storms are raging in your heart and trials are washing over you in waves, all you need is a Word from Jesus. A Word from Jesus and the waves subside and all becomes calm. When Jesus speaks to your heart, immediately the peace of God, which passes understanding, comes and fills your being. No matter how upset you are or how depressed or frazzled, a Word from Jesus will bring peace and confidence to your tested and troubled heart. Faith and calm go hand in hand. Jesus then turned to His disciples and said, “Why were ye so fearful? How’s it that ye have no faith?” Mark 4:40. If you’ll cast your fears, your torments and your cares on the Lord, you’ll receive mercy, peace and inner calm. I can testify to you that the serenity that comes from Jesus is beyond the level of human or natural understanding.
When trouble comes in the natural, I’ve learned to flee to the Rock that’s higher than I. Psalm 61:2. I go to the Rock of my salvation, the Stone that the builders rejected and immediately in my heart an incredible sense of perfect peace comes. A delightful sense of being perfectly content floods my soul. “I know that my Redeemer liveth!” “It’s well with my soul.” Think on God’s Incredible Goodness. Every sin that you’ve ever committed is forgiven. 1 John 1:9. The power of satan in your like has been broken by Jesus. Hebrews 2:14. All things in your life are working together for good. Romans 8:28. If God is for you, who can be against me? Romans 8:31. God will keep you in perfect peace when you have your mind fixed on Him. Isaiah 26:3. Think on these things and the God of peace shall rule your hearts and minds. The same calm that ruled Jesus’ heart can rule your heart, so you, too, can have perfect peace in the midst of the storm. The Prince of Peace will fill your heart with His peace. “In the world, ye shall have tribulation. But be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33. He that has overcome the world will give you peace in the midst of tribulation, joy in the midst of your sorrows, hope in the midst of your despondency, consolation in the midst of your disappointments. Find your calm in the midst of the storm, take your rest and know that Jesus is in your boat and He;s the Lord of ALL.
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