“God in Life’s Storm”
Pastor Robin Collins, Trinity Lutheran Church, Staples
Jesus was asleep in the stern. They woke him and said, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” -Mark 4:38 ESV
The headlines read: “Hurricane Dorian Batters the Bahamas.” “Dorian Heads Up Eastern Coast.”
You may have read these headlines and questioned: “Doesn’t God care?”
That’s what the disciples asked Jesus as their tiny boat was battered by a violent storm. “Teacher, do you not care?”
Jesus in turn asked: “Where is your faith?” With Him in the boat they were perfectly safe.
Jesus cared for the disciples. He cares for the people affected by Dorian. He cares for you and me, especially in the midst of life’s storms. But where is our faith?
In truth it is in the midst of storms when we learn how much God cares for us. In calm waters we give no thought to God. When the storms of life crash upon us like giant waves though, we have nowhere else to turn. We cry out to God, and He sees us through the storm. In the storm our faith is tested. We may get bruised and battered; we may suffer loss, but He carries us through, leading us; guiding us; protecting us all the way.
How can we be certain of this? Because He died for us. He cared so much for us that He went to the cross to die for our sin, to rescue us from death and the devil. He endured the hell-storm of judgment that we deserved, and rose again in triumph, that we too might rise with Him, by grace, through faith.
Storms will rise. Turn to Jesus; call upon Him. He will deliver you. Amen.