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Christ is with us in lifes storms
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Default Christ is with us in lifes storms

Mark 4:35-41
35That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, "Let us go over to the other side." 36Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, "Teacher, don't you care if we drown?"

39He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet! Be still!" Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
40He said to his disciples, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?" 41They were terrified and asked each other, "Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!"

This story illustrates how God is with us and in control of even the most desperate of circumstances. Here we find the disciples, several of whom were seasoned fishermen and sailors, frantically worried hat they would perish in this storm. Although Jesus was with them in the middle of it, they thought he was oblivious to the severity of their situation. Yet Jesus wanted them to discover three important lessons.

1. Jesus is aware of your situation.
Although Jesus, being human, needed physical sleep for his weary body, he was still fully aware of the disciples' predicament. The moment one of them cried to him, he responded immediately and powerfully. Though the shrieking of the storm did not wake him, the cry of one of his disciples did, Psalm 121:3 says, "HE will not let you stumble and fall; the one who watches over you will not sleep.

2. Jesus will answer your call for help.
The Lord will do the same for you in the midst of your trials. Sometimes he just lets us reach the point of desperation so we will recognize that he is our only hope. He wants us to remember that he is "on board" with us, so to speak.

3. You can make it through.
Every one of us is going to face hardship. But only the child of God has the promise that God's presence is with him or her in the midst of the storm. As surely as Jesus said to the disciples, "lets cross to the other side of the lake", God has promised to finish the work he has begun in your life. He will not leave you stranded in the middle of your problem. Although he didn't promise smooth sailing, he did promise safe passage. Paul reminds us that "I am sure that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again". God Bless.
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