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Trusting During the Storm - Part 1

THE ABSENCE OF TRUST            Page 5
V.26 (cont'd.)

** What two things did Jesus do next?

He rebuked the winds and He rebuked the sea. When we compare Mark's account, after Jesus told the wind to stop He then said, "Hush, be still" to the sea.

** What was the result of these two commands given by Jesus?

"...it became perfectly calm..." The wind completely stopped and the water became like glass!

** Why did that happen?

At the command of the Creator, the storm could do nothing but become "perfectly calm".
cf. Colossians 1:16 - "For by Him [Jesus Christ] all things were created...all things have been created by Him and for Him."

with John 1:3 - "All things came into being by Him, apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being."

V.27 ** How did these storm-frieghtened guys respond?

"...the men marveled..." They were awe struck and could not understand "what kind of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him."

Mark says that as terrified of the storm as they were, they now "became very much afraid" (V.41) to discover that they had God in their boat with them!

** How could an abiding trust in the Lord, even during the storms of our life, help us avoid all of this fear?

If they had trusted Christ in the first place, they would of known that they were in His care. And when He commanded the elements to obey His voice, they would have known that God was in control of even our storms, so that the outcome is for our good. cf. Romans 8:28

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