Mark 4:35-5:20

Mark 4:35-5:20

Mark 4:41Vintage message from October 1, 2000.

When is it that we come to Jesus? When is it that we turn to Jesus? When the storm is raging around us! When we’re getting ready to sink! Then Jesus becomes the focal point. And, you know what? We don’t go to Jesus and say, “Oh, my good Friend, can we sit down and talk?” It’s, “Oh, God! Don’t You care? My life is a mess!”… So often, when we approach God, we anticipate what the result of our prayer request will be…but Jesus, oftentimes, has other plans…

How often do we tell God [that] He doesn’t care, after all of the amazing things He’s done in our life? Think of our life from this moment going backwards. Let me tell you, from this moment going forward, you will have challenges in your life. You’ll have storms that will arise in your life. But how many times, when you look back on your life was God there to take care of everything? But yet, we still yell at Him, and we still tell Him He doesn’t care, because at this very moment we’re struggling. And God gets up, and He does the phenomenal thing. God always does the phenomenal thing…

Part of the problem we find ourselves in, is we approach God in faithlessness. We have already, generally, worked out the scenario by which we believe we should be saved. We’ve worked out the scenario by which we believe God should use to make us comfortable; to give us what we want. “Well, God, if You did this this way in my life, if You would only give me this, if You would only do it this way, then everything would be fine in my life. So, God, perform a miracle, and give me the things I’m telling You I want, the way I want them, when I want them.” And let me tell you, the things that you want, the things you ask for, if God gave them to you, I don’t necessarily believe would always be a miracle. And oftentimes, the things that we ask for hinder the power and the authority God, and we approach God and ask Him for the things that we want because we do not have faith to trust that God, through the power of His Spirit, through the relationship with His Son, has the ability to work out the details of our lives. And if we didn’t tell Him how to do it, it just wouldn’t get done. The greater faith tells us, dictates to us, that we not worry about the storm… Faith is: let the storm come. We’ll still make it to the other side. But yet, inevitably, we still run to Jesus and yell at Him and accuse Him of not caring, because, “If You truly cared, I would not be uncomfortable the way I am right now…

Sometimes when you have to trust Jesus, when you are asked to trust Jesus, it feels like you’re going to drown. But you know what? Even if you do drown to death, you are still in the hands and in the company of your Creator, of your Lord, of your Savior, and He is only going to do the very best for you. He will only allow to happen to you what is within God’s will for you, but we don’t stop to think about that so often… The next time you find yourself being challenged by a storm in life and you’re fearing it, ask yourself, “Why am I afraid of this? What in the world is there for me to be afraid of? Jesus is laying two feet away from me in the boat, and if He can sleep through this, if He’s not worried about this, then why should I be worried about this?”…

If you truly desire to know who Jesus is, if you truly desire to walk in the power and the strength and the authority of His love, there will be times He will do things that will appear terrifying to you. Not just scary, but terrifying… There are a lot of things that Jesus will ask us to go through in our life, but there is nothing scarier in life that having to trust Jesus, because we do not truly know Who He is… The more you dwell on Who God is, the more terrifying it can become. The more you begin to understand the power of God and the things He might require of you, the more terrifying it becomes. Or, you grow in faith, and you learn that this God Who cares for you, this relationship that you’ve stepped in, can do amazing things in your life, and you never have to worry… What we need more than anything is to find ourselves at a place of rest in Jesus Christ, but to get to that place of rest, we have to do the most terrifying thing of all, and that’s give up our own preconceived ideas of Who God is and our self will. We have to give up us.

Pastor Dave Elkins

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