Mark 4:41 – And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
The Sea of Galilee is a precarious place for predicters of weather. The sudden arising of powerful storms and strong winds is a common occurrence there. I find it interesting that throughout the Gospels and writings about Jesus, the only two disturbances on the Sea of Galilee that are mentioned are connected directly with Jesus giving instructions to go to the other side. While I’m sure that many storms on that body of water occurred during His earthly ministry, the question arises, why didn’t Jesus deal with all of them? I believe the answer is found in Jesus knowing which storms arose to stop Him personally, stop His ministry, or stop His disciples from fulfilling His command to them.
Please consider what I write. Not every storm that arises in life is a weapon against you or device used by the Lord for a divine purpose (not destruction of His righteous people). There is a fourth class of storm that needs to be included in our discussion. I’m not talking about a simple rainstorm, or thunderstorm. These are simple elements of nature that are part of day to day occurrences throughout the earth. I am talking about large, perhaps cataclysmic storms that can be extremely destructive. I believe that hurricanes, cyclones, heavy blizzards, and tornadoes fall into this category. My perception is not scientific by any means, other that to know that such storms do exist, and occur with some frequency in the world.
To offer you a starting point, I encourage you to read Romans 8:18-30, an element of our Manna for Today. In the Romans passage, verse 19 says, “the earnest expectation of the creature waits for the manifestation of the sons of God.” Verse 22 says, “we know that the whole of creation groans and travails in pain together until now.” The words “creature” and “creation” refer specifically to all that exists in nature. One of the most powerful elements of nature is weather. Not every storm is a result of God working or Satan attempting to destroy. Nature itself is crying out, groaning, travailing (like a woman in labor), longing for sons of God to be manifest. There are many storms in nature that are the result of nature itself being subject to the curse of the law while sons of God sit by and allow it to happen. According to Psalm 24:1, “the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and all that dwells therein.” Jesus is Lord NOW. All power, in heaven and in earth, has been placed in His hands, and He has given the sons of God the power of attorney to use His Name. Such storms that nature raises us are subject to sons of God.
Manna for Today – Mark 4:35-41; Mark 11:22-24; John 14:12-14; John 15:7; John 16:23-24; Daniel 3; Romans 8:18-30; Psalm 24:1