TEXT: Mark 4:38-40 (NASB)
38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”
The issues of life, sometimes raises more questions than answers: One of such questions is, why did Jesus waited for his friend Lazarus to die for four days before he showed up? A song writer said, “Jesus is the answer for the world today” Yes, He is. Another writer said, “In times like this you need a savior, you need and anchor, be very sure your anchor holds and grips the solid rock, this rock is Jesus.” There is no better time to cry for revival than now and to ask God for the time of refreshing to come again and again. For the fire of revival to flame more and more, and for the rivers of the living waters to drown our thought words and action. For me, revival is no more than a constant reminder of Jesus, the way, the truth, and the life. Difficult questions of life or persecution of faith are answered when we call upon Jesus. You will find, in the Lord and His word, real answers to difficult questions and perfect examples to follow. We have been reviewing these question and answers for weeks now. Today we are on question number 5 of 7.
- Question about the unexpected. John 11:1-44 “Could not this man, who opened the eyes of the blind man, have kept this man also from dying?” John 11:37 (NASB) What do you do, when the unthinkable happened or prayers seemed unanswered? What do you do when you are tempted to sin like Joseph and Jesus? When prophesies fail and lies loom larger than the truth, what do you do? Sometimes we are faced like giants with illness, death, and financial tragedies. These things do happen without notice. So, what do you do? Jesus said “… Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” John 11:40 (NASB)
In difficult times what you think, say, and do matter a lot. For example: The disciples of Jesus were faced with storm at sea, a life-threatening situation. They cried “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” Mark 4:38 (NASB) Jesus answered, first he stopped the storm in one sentence “Peace be still”. Then He said “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” Mark 4:40 (NASB)” Sometimes we are more interested in why things happened than taking appropriate action. You hear people say why me Lord? God expect you to turn off your fears and turn on your faith in Christ Jesus. Call upon the Lord instead of crying and get ready to respond when he command. I assume that you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and savior, but if not, you can still call, He turns nobody away. Only repent and believe him today. Another example was the woman with the issue of blood: She rose from shame and pity of twelve years. 27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. 28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And she was healed instantly. Mark 5:27-28 (KJV) Do not go around shopping for God. Come boldly to the throne of grace and you will find grace in times of need. Heb 4:16 One more example is the persecution of the Gospel and the Apostles of Jesus: They were threatened and commanded to stop the spread of the gospel. Here is how the disciple thought, spoke, and reacted to persecution: “… they lifted their voices to God with one accord and said, “O Lord, it is You who MADE THE HEAVEN AND THE EARTH AND THE SEA, AND ALL THAT IS IN THEM… And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bondservants may speak Your word with all confidence, …”Acts 4:24-31 (NASB) What happened? God answered with signs and wonders. Acts 15:12 Therefore, when the unpredictable happens, Jesus said, fear not and have faith. And as the Apostles did, they prayed, and God answered with signs and wonders. This is what we call revival, and the reason why we cry for revival in prayer. So that we can continue to find answers and keep flaming the fire of the gospel always. Therefore, as Jesus said, watch and pray. God bless you. (To be continued)