By Ed Lyons In Mark 4, we find the disciples fearing for their lives as a storm buffets their tiny boat. Although the boat was filling with water, Jesus is asleep in the stern. His disciples awaken and challenge Him: “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
Of course, Jesus cared. The Scriptures tell us Jesus “came to seek and to save those who are lost.” He also came that we “might have life, and have it more abundantly.” And of course, He’s “not willing that any should perish.”
Nevertheless, we find ourselves in storms from time-to-time. Some are external like the great windstorm and waves that were raging against the disciples’ boat, and some storms can be internal as we see with the man from Gadarenes in Mark 5.
In both instances, Jesus brought peace where there was turmoil. “The wind ceased and there was a great calm.” The demons were cast out and the man was found “sitting and clothed and in his right mind.”
The power of Jesus never ceases to amaze those who witness His intervention. The disciples “feared exceedingly, and said to one another, ‘Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!’” And when the people from the nearby village saw the man from Gadarenes in his right mind, “they were afraid.”
A couple of observations from these two events are worthy of note:
First, Jesus did not rise to quiet the storm until He was petitioned by His disciples to get involved.
Second, Jesus did not allow the healed demoniac to go with Him. Instead, He said to the man, “Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.”
The people of the Nuba mountains of North Sudan are facing a storm not of their own making. The storm that is upon them is coming from their own national government, but Jesus is with them in the midst of the storm.
Please join us in petitioning the Lord to quiet this storm. And our prayer is that one day soon, the Nuba people will have much to tell their friends concerning the compassion of the Lord and the great things He has done for them. And may those who witness the end of the atrocities stand in awe of God’s great power!