Have you heard the story of Jesus calming the storm? This is one of my favourite stories from the Gospels, so I’m really excited that this is the next story in our ‘Lessons from…’ series! You can read our other blog posts in this series here.
The story of Jesus calming the storm can be read in Mark 4:35-41 or you can watch Arnold and his penguin pals retell the story here:
So, what lessons can we learn from the story of Jesus calming the storm?
Jesus is powerful over nature
It’s like the disciples say at the end of this reading: “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”. I love this Bible study because it really does reveal the power of God – his ability to control the wind and the rain and the thunder. Just one word from him, and the storm is silenced. That is how powerful God is!
Jesus was human
When we read the Gospels, it can often be easy to forget that Jesus was living here on Earth as a human, because we just jump from one awesome story to another – a teaching, to a miracle, to a parable, to some other big event. We don’t see much of the in between, the travelling, the eating, the sleeping, all those very normal human things.
But in this story, we are given this reminder that after Jesus had spent all day teaching, he needed some time to rest. He went down to sleep in the boat (and then slept through the whole storm…).
Why are you afraid?
It can be easy to look at the disciples and think: why did they panic? Jesus was right there next to them? They should have been super laid back because they were with Jesus right?!
But are we really so different? We may not have Jesus himself onboard our boat, but we know that we have the Holy Spirit with us – but still we are afraid.
This is a great reminder to all of us to ask ourselves: why are we afraid? God is with us, so why are we afraid, why do we panic? If you are feeling fearful and afraid, I would really recommend digging into scripture to remind yourself of the hope and courage that we can have in Jesus, and why we don’t need to be afraid. I have a blog post about this here to get you started.
How do you respond? Panic or Prayer?
So, we know that God is with us. We know that there is no need for us to panic. But panic is so frequently our first response. How quickly we forget that God is with us.
But, as this story reminds us, why are we afraid? How can we make sure that our first response isn’t panic, but turning to Jesus in prayer? Hopefully, reading Bible stories such as this one (and so many more) help us to remember God’s presence with us, to have that knowledge embedded within our minds so that we automatically turn to God in times of trouble.
For more thoughts on how we can make prayer our go-to response, you can read our blog post here.
Can you think of any lessons from Jesus calming the storm?
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- How to use prayer in your Bible study
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