Mark 4:36-41 – And 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. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And 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? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And He said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?
You asked for a big boat. Part and parcel with that is the big storm. The two seem to married in holy matrimony. At least that’s the picture painted in scripture.
Often leaders are tested more than those they lead. Churches that are striving forward and taking territory for His name’s sake are also in prayer-to-storm combat with principalities and powers.
Each level of Solomon’s throne had lions. Each level has a new devil. The lions will threaten and intimidate you; but remember they were shaped and hand placed there for a purpose. They aren’t in control of your destiny. They are actually being controlled for your destiny. The storm you are facing is there by divine design. All things are working together for your good: both good and bad.
In the same storm, are little ships. We don’t know their crew or their names. We just know that other little ships are experiencing the same storm. They need your help.
If you can somehow muster up the courage to fight on – they win too.
The little ships are full of sailors just as scared as you. Trying to navigate this turbulent terrain is terrifying. They don’t know how to make it. You do.
You have Jesus. He is comfortably asleep because He knows the ultimate outcome is going to be success. If you feel like Jesus isn’t worried – maybe you shouldn’t be either.
The one ingredient needed to make it through is faith. Faith isn’t as flashy as other elements in the emerging disciples life: however, all the other elements hang on faith.
Keep the faith when the water is filling up your boat. Keep the faith when Jesus is calm in your crisis. Keep the faith when the pressure is building inside and out.
Faith will give birth to a word from God. That one word can stop your storm in its tracks.
The other ships aren’t going to be saved by your rowing and bailing. Their deliverance will come when they see Jesus stand up in your boat.
That was the point of the whole dilemma. Jesus wants to stand up.
The fiery furnace wasn’t for the 3 Hebrew men; it was for the king to see the 4th man in the fire. The onlookers are shaken to their core when they see Jesus standing with you in your storm.
If Jesus stands up for you, surely He will stand up for me too.
The friends that watch you endure hardness like a soldier are encouraged when they see you make it through with Jesus standing up for you. Your co-workers watch in awe as you make it through the deep valley’s of life. Jesus standing up for you inspires the awe.
The demoniac is watching the storm too. From a distance he sees Jesus stand up and throw out His hands. Immediately the storm dissipates into the sea. Revelation comes to Legion at that very moment. If that man gets to this shore, I wonder if He can calm the storm that’s raging on the inside of me?
Little ships and Legion. They are hanging onto your faith. If you can faith your way through this storm, they can faith their way out of theirs too.
Come on friend – faith it.
It’s never just about you.
As saints watch a pastor endure hardship, they are given a pattern to work with. They learn more from your struggles than they do your triumphs.
Big ships have the power to affect little ships and Legion.
People that don’t have Jesus need us. We can make the whole atmosphere different. We can set the standard for godly marriages, financial freedom, and holistic wholeness.
Big ship: while you bail the water, don’t loose your grip on your faith.